LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Could Carmageddon be upon us again?

Los Angeles city officials are urging motorists to prepare for a 40-hour closure of the Hollywood (101) Freeway east of downtown Los Angeles that starts Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. and ends Feb. 7 – Super Bowl Sunday – at 2 p.m.

“My main priorities are keeping Angelenos safe and doing everything possible to minimize inconveniences or confusion that may be caused by the closure,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

The closure will affect a 2.5-mile section of US Route 101 from the 10/101 split to the 5/10/101 interchange just east of downtown Los Angeles. The freeway will also be closed to motorists driving west on the Pomona (60) Freeway.

The freeway is being closed to allow for demolition of a section of the historic 6th Street bridge and viaduct, which was permanently shut down Wednesday.

Demolition of the 84-year-old bridge, which suffers from a chemical deterioration in its concrete, is expected to take nine months and construction of the viaduct that will replace the bridge is expected to be completed in late 2019.

“We are encouraging drivers to plan ahead, expect delays and follow detour signs to alternate freeways,” Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen said in a statement.

Traffic detours will be as follows:

When traveling N/B 5 from the Orange County area approaching the 5/10/101 Interchange:
Exit to N/B 101 closed
-Exit to W/B 10 open
-Exit to N/B 5 open
Primary Detour: N/B 710 to W/B 10
Secondary Detour: W/B 10 to N/B 110

When traveling W/B 60 from the Pomona area approaching 5/10/101 Interchange:
-Exit to N/B 101 closed
-Exit to W/B 10 open
-Exit to N/B 5 open
Primary Detour: N/B 710 to W/B 10
Secondary Detour: W/B 10 to N/B 110

When traveling S/B 101 from the San Fernando Valley area approaching the 10/101 Split:
-Exit to S/B 101 closed
-E/B 10 open
Primary Detour: S/B 110 to E/B 10
Secondary Detour: E/B 10 to S/B 710

101 Freeway On-Ramp closures will be as follows:
NB 6th Street/ Whittier Blvd on-ramp CLOSED
NB Euclid Street on-ramp CLOSED
NB Soto Street to 101 Freeway CLOSED
SB Commercial Street on-ramp CLOSED
SB Mission Street on-ramp CLOSED
SB 4th Street on-ramp CLOSED

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