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HELP!!!! I need to go to LAX on “THAT WEEKEND”…that evil, end of the world I405 –52 or is it 53 hour closure! Here is what LAX Operational Planning has to sayA LOT! This has everything you need to know, and more. Very Comprehensive.

 

Travel Advisory:  Significant Traffic Congestion and Delays Expected With I-405 Freeway Closure on July 16, 17 and Early Morning 18

 

This webpage is dedicated to providing you with information and resources so you can PLAN AHEAD to avoid as much as possible significant traffic congestion and delays expected the weekend of Friday, July 15 through early morning Monday, July 18.  The traffic delays will be due to the closure of the I-405 (San Diego Freeway) for 10 miles in the Sepulveda Pass.  The I-405 is one of the busiest freeways in the entire United States.  It is a major north-south artery that:  (1) connects  the San Fernando Valley and northern Los Angeles County to other parts of Los Angeles and (2) serves the densely populated L.A. Westside and Southern California coastal communities.  Traffic on the I-405 in both directions will be diverted to:  (1) other freeways in the region which merge near downtown Los Angeles or (2) surface streets.  Click here for maps and diversion routes: http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/segment-detours/ and http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/segment-detours/#MulhollandDrBridge

Project Background

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are undertaking a $1-billion I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that will reduce congestion, improve mobility and increase safety.  The project will add a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV/carpool) lane, standardize traffic lanes and improve on- and off-ramps along a 10-mile-long stretch of the I-405 between I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) and US 101 (Ventura Freeway).  The scheduled closure July 16-18 will allow demolition of the south side of the Mulholland Street Bridge (overpass), one of three overpasses  to be demolished and reconstructed.  More project info: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/I405/images/mulholland_fact_sheet.pdf

I-405 Freeway Closure Schedule

  • Friday, July 15 as early as 7 p.m.:  ramps and connectors to the freeway begin closing
  • Friday, July 15 as early as 10 p.m.: freeway lanes begin closing to ensure full freeway closure at midnight
  • Saturday, July 16 at 12 a.m. (midnight):  full freeway closure
  • Sunday, July 17 all day:  full freeway closure
  • Monday, July 18 at 5 a.m.:  freeway lanes begin opening
  • Monday, July 18 by 6 a.m.:  ramps and connectors finish reopening

How This Will Affect You

Motorists going between LAX and the San Fernando Valley, northern Los Angeles County, and further north of the metropolitan Los Angeles area are expected to encounter significant traffic congestion and delays as I-405 traffic will be redirected to other regional freeways – most of which lead to the downtown Los Angeles area.  From downtown L.A., freeway traffic will be diverted back to westbound I-10 Santa Monica Freeway to return to the L.A. Westside and beach communities.

Motorists from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, who normally use US-101 Ventura Freeway and I-405 San Diego Freeway to/from LAX, will find the I-405 completely closed.  Several recommended diversions are north-south surface streets from US-101 to Pacific Coast Highway (on a summer weekend when PCH is usually congested) to Lincoln Boulevard to/from LAX.

Motorists coming from east and south of the airport may initially believe they will be unaffected because they are coming from directions away from the freeway closure areas. However, we advise motorists prepare for significant congestion as they approach the exits from the primary arteries serving LAX: the I-105 Century Freeway and the I-405 San Diego Freeway. Major surface streets leading to/from LAX may also be congested.

General Travel Advice

PLAN AHEAD.  USE PUBLIC TRANSIT (ESPECIALLY RAIL) TO AND FROM LAX.  IF YOU MUST DRIVE, AVOID IMPACTED AREAS AND MINIMIZE YOUR NUMBER OF TRIPS.

Tips for Catching Your Flight

  1. Following are general guidelines for checking in for a departure flight:
    1. You should arrive in your airline ticketing/check-in lobby two hours before your scheduled departure time for domestic U.S. flights and three hours before an international flight
    2. Access your airline’s Internet website to check in within 24 hours of your departure time and obtain your boarding pass.  This will eliminate having to wait to check in with your airline and allow you to go straight to federal security screening.  Passengers who plan to check luggage also can obtain your boarding pass and pay for your checked luggage before coming to the airport.  The airlines will have a separate line for passengers who simply need to check their luggage and already have their boarding passes
  2. Leave your car in the garage and share a ride to help reduce the number of vehicles on the roadways.  Shared-ride options include:
    1. Nonstop LAX FlyAway buses at Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood and Irvine Station. All FlyAway routes will operate their regular schedules. Inexpensive, long-term parking is available at the FlyAway terminals at the Van Nuys ($4 daily) and Union Station ($6 daily) locations. Weekend parking only is available at Westwood ($6). Long-term parking at Irvine Station is free. For more info: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=292
    2. Shared-ride vans (shuttle vans): http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1298
    3. Long-distance vans:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1238
    4. Scheduled commercial buses:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1296
    5. Municipal buses:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1240
    6. Taxis:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=942NOTE:  These “rubber tire” modes of transportation will be subject to traffic congestion and delays as drivers will follow recommended diversion routes.
  3. Have someone drop you off at a station for Metro Rail, Metrolink or Amtrak and ride the rails to Union Station, where you can ride the LAX FlyAway nonstop bus to the airport for $7.  Barring unforeseen incidents, the following public rail options will be the most predictable and reliable transportation to get you from your originating station to Union Station:
    1. Metro Rail: http://www.metro.net/ is operated by the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (Metro) and serves Los Angeles County and will be operating all its routes on a regular weekday schedule on July 16 and 17. GREAT DEALS – Metro Rail subways (Red and Purple Lines ONLY) will be free of charge that weekend.  The fare is $1.50 for the entire length of a Metro Rail Line.  You can also buy a $6 day pass that lets you travel on Metro’s entire bus and rail system for one price.  The Metro Rail Green Line runs along the I-105 Century Freeway and every westbound train is met by a free LAX shuttle bus that transports directly in front of your terminal.
    2. Metrolink: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/ is operated by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and serves Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and North San Diego counties.  Metrolink has weekend service on its Antelope Valley, Inland Empire-Orange County, Orange County and San Bernardino Lines.  During the weekend of July 16 and 17, Metrolink is adding service to its regularly scheduled weekend service on the Antelope Valley Line.  Nine (9) additional trains will be added to serve those traveling from the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys.  GREAT DEAL – Metrolink is introducing a $10 weekend pass on July 1 for travel on its entire system for one price. More info on Metrolink options to I-405 Freeway Closure Weekend:  http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/?id=6483NOTE:If you go to LAX using Metrolink service that was added for the July 16-17 weekend, that same service MAY NOT be operating on following weekend(s).  So, if you are returning on
        1. a subsequent weekend, ensure there is Metrolink service, or an alternative rail service such as Amtrak, operating at the time you need it.
        2. Amtrak: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/Page/1237405732505/1237405732505 serves the entire country and has regular weekend schedules.  In particular, the Pacific Surfliner serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.  From Oxnard to Los Angeles, Amtrak shares the same stations as Metrolink’s Ventura County Line.  From Oceanside to Los Angeles, Amtrak shares the same stations as Metrolink’s Orange County Line.
        3. Park and Ride Lots: Parking is free at most Metrolink and Metro Rail park-and-ride lots. However, free parking is limited to up to 24 hours for Metro Rail and up to three days for Metrolink. Long-term paid parking is available at a few Metro Rail stations, including Union Station in downtown L.A. and the Del Mar Station in Pasadena on the Metro Rail Gold Line. If you need long-term parking and the Metrolink or Metro Rail station nearest to you does not offer it, we advise you make arrangements for someone to drop you off at the station.
      1. Stay near LAX the night before your departure date, especially if you have an early-morning flight.
        1. You can drive to and park at LAX in our Economy Lot C or in our Central Terminal Area parking structures and take the hotel courtesy shuttles to an airport-area hotel.  LAX-area hotels: http://www.lawa.org/tenantLAXResult.aspx?airport=4&category=91&sindicator=qs
        2. Several LAX-area hotels permitted to operate courtesy shuttle vans/buses between the LAX terminals and their hotels offer “Park-Stay/Sleep-Fly” packages, including:
          • Courtyard by Marriott El Segundo
          • Courtyard by Marriott LAX
          • Crowne Plaza LAX
          • Doubletree Hotel
          • Embassy Suites LAX North
          • Embassy Suites LAX South
          • Four Points Sheraton LAX
          • Hacienda Hotel
          • Holiday Inn LAX
          • Howard Johnsons’ International
          • Los Angeles Airport Hilton & Towers
          • Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel
          • Radisson LAX
          • Ramada Plaza Hotel Airport South
          • Sheraton Gateway LAX
          • Super 8 Motel LAX
          • Westin LAX

          Contact information for the above hotels: Click Here

      2. If you must drive your vehicle to LAX:
        1. Plan your route with a backup plan(s) and allow yourself plenty of time to arrive in your airline ticketing/check-in lobby two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.  Also program your GPS if you have one.
        2. Before you start out for LAX, monitor traffic on a real-time basis at:

          (1) L.A. City Department of Transportation monitors traffic on L.A. City streets on its Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) system:   http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/index.html.  For traffic on streets in and around LAX:  http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/html/lax.html

          (2) Caltrans provides current traffic status on California highways and state roads at:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

          (3) LAX AiRadio 530 AM on the radio will replace its regular programming of pre-recorded messages with “live” broadcasts of up-to-the-minute information on roadway conditions in and around LAX, parking availability, security conditions, flight operations, etc..  The broadcasts are streamed on the Internet: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=168

          (4) Several organizations will be posting Tweets with up-to-date freeway and roadway traffic conditions throughout the July 16-17 weekend. Sign up on Metro’s Twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/metrolosangeles. For Tweets on traffic conditions in and around LAX, sign up on LAX’s Twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/LAX_Official.

      3. Fly to/from LAX by helicopter:
        1. Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc., FAA licensed helicopter Air Carrier BWHA66, based on the east side of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) at 16303 Waterman Drive, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (entrance off Woodley Avenue between Roscoe Boulevard and Saticoy), is offering one-way and round-trip “Skybridge” jet helicopter shuttle service to LAX, Santa Monica Airport and downtown L.A. beginning Friday, July 15 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Monday, July 18 from 7 a.m. and continue as needed. The helicopter service will operate between Briles’ office and ramp area at VNY and Landmark Aviation, 6201 West Imperial Highway at LAX. Landmark will provide van-type ground transportation to and from all LAX terminals. For prices, parking, luggage weight limits, flight duration and other info: Phone (818) 994-1445 or e-mail mick@toflyla.com
        2. http://www.executive-helishares.com/405/

      Tips for Arriving Passengers

      Passengers flying into LAX during the weekend of Friday night, July 15 through early morning July 18 should expect traffic congestion on the roadways and freeways after they exit LAX. For the most part, arriving passengers exit the airport using one of the following ways:

      1. Friends, relatives or business colleagues pick them up in personal vehicles
      2. Tour operators meet them with buses
      3. They take shared-ride public transportation such as a taxi, door-to-door shuttle van, long-distance bus, LAX FlyAway bus, Metro Rail Green Line and municipal bus, hotel courtesy shuttle van
      4. They rent a vehicle
      5. They use their own vehicle parked at or near the airport
      6. They connect on an outbound flight and have no need for local transportation

      Following are options to help you contribute to the overall goal of reducing the number of vehicles on the freeways and roadways that weekend:

      1. If someone would normally meet and pick you up: Help reduce their drive time and the number of vehicle trips to and from LAX by taking shared-ride public transportation from LAX to your home, business or hotel, such as:
        1. Nonstop LAX FlyAway buses at Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood and Irvine Station. All FlyAway routes will operate their regular schedules. Inexpensive, long-term parking is available at the FlyAway terminals at the Van Nuys ($4 daily) and Union Station ($6 daily) locations. Weekend parking only is available at Westwood ($6). Long-term parking at Irvine Station is free. For more info: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=292
        2. Shared-ride vans (shuttle vans): http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1298
        3. Long-distance vans:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1238
        4. Scheduled commercial buses:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1296
        5. Municipal buses:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1240
        6. Taxis:  http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=942

        NOTE: These “rubber tire” modes of transportation will be subject to traffic congestion and delays as drivers will follow recommended diversion routes.

      2. If someone would normally meet and pick you up: Take the LAX FlyAway to Union Station ($7 one way), where you can ride the rails on a Metrolink or Metro Rail train to a station close to your local destination where you can be met and picked up. The LAX FlyAway stops in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level under the green sign: FlyAway, Buses & Long Distance Vans. When you reach Union Station, you can connect to:
        1. Metro Rail: http://www.metro.net/ is operated by the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (Metro) and serves Los Angeles County and will be operating all its routes on a regular weekday schedule on July 16 and 17. GREAT DEALS – Metro Rail subways (Red and Purple Lines ONLY) will be free of charge that weekend.  The fare is $1.50 for the entire length of a Metro Rail Line.  You can also buy a $6 day pass that lets you travel on Metro’s entire bus and rail system for one price.  The Metro Rail Green Line runs along the I-105 Century Freeway and every westbound train is met by a free LAX shuttle bus that transports directly in front of your terminal.
        2. Metrolink: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/ is operated by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and serves Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and North San Diego counties.  Metrolink has weekend service on its Antelope Valley, Inland Empire-Orange County, Orange County and San Bernardino Lines.  During the weekend of July 16 and 17, Metrolink is adding service to its regularly scheduled weekend service on the Antelope Valley Line.  Nine (9) additional trains will be added to serve those traveling from the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys.  GREAT DEAL – Metrolink is introducing a $10 weekend pass on July 1 for travel on its entire system for one price. More info on Metrolink options to I-405 Freeway Closure Weekend:  http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/?id=6483
          NOTE
          : If you go to LAX using Metrolink service that was added for the July 16-17 weekend, that same service MAY NOT be operating on following weekend(s).  So, if you are returning on a subsequent weekend, ensure there is Metrolink service, or an alternative rail service such as Amtrak, operating at the time you need it.
        3. Amtrak: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/Page/1237405732505/1237405732505 serves the entire country and has regular weekend schedules.  In particular, the Pacific Surfliner serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.  From Oxnard to Los Angeles, Amtrak shares the same stations as Metrolink’s Ventura County Line.  From Oceanside to Los Angeles, Amtrak shares the same stations as Metrolink’s Orange County Line.
      3. If you are renting a vehicle: Ensure the car rental agency employee provides you with a map showing you the location of the freeway closure, recommended diversion routes, and up-to-the-minute information on the status of traffic conditions before you set out. If traveling with children, ensure the items you would normally bring on a car trip with children (such as snacks, beverage, toys, music, etc.) are within easy reach and not in the trunk of the vehicle. Click here for maps and diversion routes: http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/segment-detours/ and http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/segment-detours/#MulhollandDrBridge
      4. If you are picking up your parked vehicle: Before you exit the parking facility, ask the parking attendant for the status of traffic conditions or access up-to-the- minute information on freeway and roadway conditions at:

        (1) L.A. City Department of Transportation monitors traffic on L.A. City streets on its Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) system:   http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/index.html.  For traffic on streets in and around LAX:  http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/html/lax.html

        (2) Caltrans provides current traffic status on California highways and state roads at:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

        (3) LAX AiRadio 530 AM on the radio will replace its regular programming of pre-recorded messages with “live” broadcasts of up-to-the-minute information on roadway conditions in and around LAX, parking availability, security conditions, flight operations, etc.  The broadcasts are streamed on the Internet: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=168

        (4) Several organizations will be posting Tweets with up-to-date freeway and roadway traffic conditions throughout the July 16-17 weekend. Sign up on Metro’s Twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/metrolosangeles. For Tweets on traffic conditions in and around LAX, sign up on LAX’s Twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/LAX_Official.

        (5) If traveling with children, ensure the items you would normally bring on a car trip with children (such as snacks, beverage, toys, music, etc.) are within easy reach and not in the trunk of the vehicle.

      Things To Do If You Have A Long Wait Before Departure
      If you stay overnight at an LAX-area hotel before a departure flight the following day and don’t have a pool to lounge around, or if you missed your flight and are rebooked on another flight several hours later, there are several enjoyable activities you can do in and around LAX.  Following are links to websites listing things to do if you have a long layover at LAX:

      1. A blogger who independently researched and visited LAX:  http://www.latedeparture.com/2011/04/07/los-angeles-international-lax-1/ (two parts covering pre-trip research and two parts covering visit to LAX)
      2. Those who need to work can use the pay-to-use public reLAX Business Lounge: http://www.relaxloungelax.com/index.html

       

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