Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Full Closures of Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood

Loop Detector Installation on US 101
UPDATE: There are no closures expected for Tuesday, August 30, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.  It's possible the contractor may not have any closures on Wednesday, August 31 as well. 

Some FAQs: 

Q: So this is a full freeway closure, like a Carmageddon or RoseJam or a Hollywood Jam Session? 

A: No.  Not even close. (There are no emojis to express how this is SO not a major closure).

Only small sections of one direction of US 101 will be closed.  

For instance, if the closure is on northbound US 101 at Western Avenue, only northbound US 101 will be closed up to the next ramp, Sunset Boulevard. 

These closures have already occurred on US 101 and have not, nor is it expected that any total shut down of the highway will occur. :)

Q:  So what days and times will the closures occur?

A: The full freeway closures will start at midnight or 1 a.m. and end at 5 a.m., from Sunday to Wednesday.  The means that the closures will start during the morning of each day and end on the same morning (Sunday morning, Monday morning, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning). :)

The press release: 

Caltrans will close all lanes of portions of north- and southbound US 101 from Glendale Boulevard to Cahuenga Boulevard from Sunday to Wednesday, until the first week of September, midnight to 5 a.m. to install loop detectors into the pavement.  

Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. Signed detours will be in place. 

The loop detector installation is one of the final stages of a $19.26 million project to repave US 101 from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood. 

Loop detectors track travel time information and speeds that reflect real-time traffic conditions. The data collected from the wire loops can be translated in many ways. For instance, the count for how many vehicles pass over each loop at any given time determines traffic volume. The length of time that a vehicle remains on the loop indicates a possible incident, congestion or if traffic is flowing smoothly. 

Media tweets:

The contract was awarded to OHL USA Inc. from Irvine, California. The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. The California Highway Patrol will be on duty. Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.