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Heads up Orange County! A full closure of the 405 in both directions between the 605 and Valley View 20 hours, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and ending at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Orange County Transportation Authority is calling it “Bridge Bash”.  Others say it’s the OC version of “Carmageddon”. No matter what name you call it, it all adds up to a complete shutdown of a stretch of the San Diego Freeway through Orange County next weekend.  

Construction crews will be busy, tearing down a bridge from the south 405 to the east 22.  A new bridge was finished last month and is already being used by drivers.Caltrans crews are going to take advantage of the closure to do some maintenance work of their own—cleaning drains and clearing some weeds

The Orange County Transportation Authority is pulling out the stops to get the word out.They’re posting messages on overhead freeway signs and running ads on radio, t-v, and in local papers.They’re also sending flyers to 67 thousand folks who live in the area. .

“We know this ‘Bridge Bash’ has the potential to disrupt traffic for the hundreds of thousands of people who use the I-405 on a typical summer weekend and we are encouraging drivers to avoid the freeway in this area,” said Greg Winterbottom, chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority, in a statement.

Detours:
If you must, make your plan now to get around it.

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Drivers heading north on I-405 should use one of the following detours:

  • Exit Beach Boulevard and turn right; take the westbound SR-22 on-ramp to reconnect with northbound I-405
  • Exit Westminster Avenue (east) and turn left; turn right on Bolsa Chica Road; take the westbound SR-22 on-ramp to reconnect with the northbound I-405
  • Exit Valley View Street and turn left on Garden Grove Boulevard; turn right on Valley View Street; take the westbound SR-22 on-ramp to reconnect with northbound I-405

Drivers heading south on I-405 should use one of the following detours:

  • Exit Studebaker Road and turn right; turn left on E. 2nd Street / Westminster Avenue; continue on Westminster Avenue to access southbound I-405
  • Merge onto northbound I-605; exit Katella Avenue and turn right; turn right on Valley View Street to access southbound I-405

Drivers traveling south on I-605 should use the following detour:

  • Exit Willow Street and turn right; turn left on Studebaker Road; turn left on E. 2nd Street / Westminster Avenue; continue on Westminster Avenue to access southbound I-405

Drivers traveling on 7th Street / eastbound SR-22 should use the following detour:

  • Merge on northbound I-605; exit Katella Avenue and turn right; turn right on Valley View Street to access southbound I-405

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