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.
It's Friday, I'm in love! #Carmageddon2.0. Sunset off-ramp of the 405 closed this weekend— Pamela Narcisso (@NarcissoPamela) August 2, 2013
Only in LA: This KCRW segment is sponsored by 405 widening project. Love idea of a sentient construction project giving public radio a gift.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) July 30, 2013
are you kidding... they closed the Sunset exit on the 405 until December.— Emily Soury (@emsoury) August 2, 2013
Just in time for Fall quarter ¿¿¿¿ RT @UCLAtoday: TRAFFIC ADVISORY! Sunset Blvd exit of 405 north closes @ 1am Saturday, Aug 3 until mid-Dec.— Jefe (@DodgerManny58) August 2, 2013
Finally made it. Again it took me 2 hours. I wonder when they'll finally finish the construction on the 405.— Jesus Leon (@_ItsJesus) July 31, 2013
As if the 405 wasn't awful enough already, they're closing the Sunset exit for 4 months. I AM GONNA DIEEEEE.— Nadia Tseng (@three6nadiaa) August 2, 2013