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Watch a Special Message from Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa on the I-405 Closure on Metro’s website. 

The closure of the I-405 between the U.S. 101 and the I-10 will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15th, and end at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18th.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m.

Keep in mind that just because the 405 is shutting down for 53 hours, Los Angeles does not have to be paralyzed! Consider the following options for the weekend of the 405 closure…

405 Things to Do in LA
The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau is lending a hand, or, rather, 405 tweets. Starting yesterday, Sunday July 10 (at 4:05 PM of course!), the bureau began tweeting out recommendations of 405 things to do around town during the stay-clear-of-that-freeway weekend. Iconic activities will be suggested, as well as some offbeat activities for Angelenos. Public transportation suggestions and $4.05-themed deals will be part of the mix. Follow @discover_LA to get more tips.

Ride the Subway for FREE all weekend long!
Free rides on the subway will be offered by Metro to help area residents move around the region when the 405 freeway is shut down over the Sepulveda Pass on the weekend of July 15 to 17. Read about participating lines and also take advantage of the Metro Dining map here. 

The San Fernando Valley and Westside will be the most clogged this weekend, but the whole City will could feel the effect. Los Angeles has a plethora of bike trails and paths to offer, all of which can be used for recreation and/or transit. Utilize DOT’s detailed and up-to-date maps to explore these possibilities and learn new ways to get around for the future. You can download the maps or call to have them mailed to you at 213-972-4972.

While “The Big Parade,” has already passed for 2011, it has done Angelenos a great service in mapping out the public stairwells and walkways of yesterday in the North-East LA area. With 111 public stairways that cover 42 miles on foot and gain more than 10,000 feet of elevation, “The Big Parade” website chronicles L.A.’s little-known network of staircases and showcases the Southland’s amazing urban landscape. While most of these spread throughout Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park and Mt. Washington, people from all over can get to these locations and avoid the closure for a day or two! Check out the Facebook page for Bob Inman, the man who originated these exploratory jaunts: Guide to the stairways of Los Angeles

Carmageddon Walk to the Mulholland Bridge

In keeping with the WalkLA theme, check out the “Carmageddon Walk to the Mulholland Bridge (and back!)” organized by Bob Inman and Dan Koepple, another Big Parade collaborator. Pedestrian enthusiasts will delight in walking along the Sepulveda Pass to get a glimpse of ghostly emptiness on the country’s largest motorway. In honor of the closing of the 405, join this group in a walk along the thoroughfare in an attempt to get to the Mulholland Bridge and back. Who needs a car?

DineLA! VICA and then Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber present STAY LOCAL Deals
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association partners with the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber, the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber, and Councilman Paul Koretz’s office to compile a list of businesses that will offer discounts to local shoppers and diners. These participating entities all represent areas along the 405 corridor that will experience the brunt of the closure. This bargain compilation is posted on

Zev’s 53 Ways to Survive Without the 405
The County Supervisor’s cheeky list of “tips for turning 53 hours of Carmaggedon fever into some good communal karma” is a fun look at things that anyone can do in the LA Area to deflect that affect of the closure.

Please also check out the Chambers’ and Neighborhood Council websites for local deals in your area!

More information on Metrolink service and affordable ticketing options can be found at

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By daryl

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