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Drivers Beware: Overnight Closures Planned For 5, 405 Freeways

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Caltrans and Metro will be shutting down several freeways and ramps through Los Angeles this week.

Extended construction along the Golden State (5) Freeway will cause freeway closures on the southbound 5 Freeway every night from 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. between now and Dec. 20, Caltrans officials said.

The work will rebuild 3.4 miles of freeway that was built 55 years ago and will also add carpool lanes, exit lanes and a carpool flyover at the split with the Hollywood (170) Freeway.

Traffic will be diverted to the southbound 170 Freeway during the closure.

Traffic heading toward Burbank or Los Angeles can either exit the 170 at Sheldon Street and follow detour signs to the 5 onramp from Sheldon, or take the 170 further to the Ventura (134) Freeway, to rejoin the 5.

No full closures are planned for the northbound 5, but up to three lanes will be closed between from 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. between the 170 and the Ronald Reagan (118) freeways.

And up to four lanes on the southbound 5 will be closed from the 118 to the 170 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Those overnight partial shutdowns are in effect through Dec. 20.

In addition, the following partial ramps closures will be made:

– Northbound 5 Freeway onramp to westbound Osborne Street from, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Northbound 5 Freeway offramp at Branford Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Southbound 170 Freeway onramp to Sheldon/Arleta streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Another project will shut down all but one lane in each direction of the 5 from 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly in Santa Clarita so new truck lanes can be built.

Westside drivers will see the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway shut down from the Sepulveda Pass to Santa Monica Boulevard.

The work, however, will be dependent on the weather conditions.

By midnight tonight all southbound traffic will be diverted off at the Sunset Boulevard exit. Traffic will be detoured to the Wilshire Boulevard onramps, and the closures will be in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Metro.

The same southbound closure pattern will also be in effect Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

At midnight Wednesday night and lasting until 5 a.m. Thursday, all northbound 405 lanes will be be closed at Santa Monica Boulevard. Traffic will be detoured to Sepulveda Boulevard and allowed to re-enter the 405 north at Moraga Drive, just north of Sunset.

On all three nights, nearby onramps will close as early as 7 p.m. and some freeway lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m. in advance of all three closures, officials said.

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