405 congestion

Traffic crawls along the northbound 405 freeway during rush hour in Westwood. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / April 16, 2013)

For four months, starting Friday night, drivers on the northbound 405 Freeway will not be able to exit on Sunset Boulevard.

The off-ramp will be closed until Dec. 1 as crews build a longer exit, which officials say will add 60% capacity in one of the Westside's most congested intersections. Crews will also widen the Sunset Bridge over the freeway and an undercrossing.

The new off-ramp will feature two right-hand turn lanes to eastbound Sunset and one left-turn lane to westbound Sunset. 

Metro recommends that drivers who normally exit on westbound Sunset take westbound Wilshire Boulevard or Moraga Drive off-ramps.

For eastbound Sunset drivers, the recommended detour is the eastbound Wilshire off-ramp. 

The construction is part of Metro's ongoing effort to widen the 405 Freeway. Officials say the project is slated for completion in 2014, a year later than expected, and more than $100 million over budget.

Drivers took to social media to talk about the impending construction, some saying the closure will add more time to already congested sections of the freeway.

 

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laura.nelson@latimes.com

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