Everything You Need to Know About the 405 Closure July 15-18 (UPDATED)

From Friday, July 15 to Monday, July 18, the southern half of the Mulholland Bridge which crosses over the 405 freeway will be demolished (with reconstruction taking place over the next 11 months). The 405 freeway will be closed during this time, and anyone living in or visiting the Los Angeles area can expect severe, multi-hour delays on local freeways and surface streets.

405 Closure Facts

  • Start: Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • End: Monday, July 18, 5:00 a.m
  • Northbound 405: Closed between I-10 and U.S. 101
  • Southbound 405: Closed between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramp

Things to Know About Alternate Routes During this Closure

  • Sepulveda Boulevard: Intended as alternate route for local resident access only. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate freeways to completely bypass the Sepulveda Pass.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Sepulveda: Reduced by one center lane in each direction (center lanes have temporarily become left turn lanes).
  • Mulholland Drive: Closed at endpoints of Mulholland Bridge.
  • Pacific Coast Highway: An ongoing construction project from Temescal Canyon Road to Entrada Drive will result in a reduced number of southbound lanes on PCH through August, further contributing to gridlock. (UPDATE: These lanes will be opened for July 16 and 17 ONLY)
  • Church Lane (south): Closed between Sunset Boulevard and Kiel Street throughout the summer.
  • Roscomare Road, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Benedict Canyon Drive, and Coldwater Canyon Drive: While no closures are planned on these roads, expect extremely heavy traffic during the 405 closure weekend.

Planned Closures of Businesses/Attractions

  • The Getty Center: Closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17
  • The Skirball Cultural Center: Closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17
  • Some banks, restaurants, and other businesses in the area may be closed; call ahead before attempting to brave traffic.

How to Cope

  • Best idea: Avoid travel altogether and stay home. We have a few ideas for things to keep you busy here.
  • Encourage out-of-town guests to visit another weekend.
  • Walk or bike: You can use Google Maps to help you find the estimated travel time if you walk or bike. You might be surprised by just how quickly you can get around without a car.
  • Take the Metro: The Metro Red, Purple, Orange Lines, and some bus lines (below) will be free to all passengers during the closure weekend. While other Metro services will collect normal fares, there will be extra buses running, particularly on east-west streets.
  • 2 Downtown LA-Pacific Palisades via Sunset Bl
    4 Downtown LA-West Hollywood-Santa Monica via Santa Monica Bl
    20 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Wilshire Bl
    33 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Venice Bl
    150 Canoga Park-Universal Ciy Station via Ventura Bl
    152 Woodland Hills-North Hollywood Station via Fallbrook Av
    155 Sherman Oaks-Burbank Station via Riverside Dr, Olive Av
    156 Van Nuys-Hollywood-Panorama City-Chatsworth Station-Sherman Oaks via Devonshire St
    158 Woodman Av
    161 Thousand Oaks Transit Center-Warner Center
    183 Sherman Oaks-Glendale Station via San Fernando Road
    224 Lankershim Bl
    230 Sylmar Station – Studio City via Laurel Canyon Bl
    233 Lake View Terrace-Sherman Oaks via Van Nuys Bl
    234 Mission College-Sherman Oaks via Sepulveda Bl, Brand Bls
    236 Sylmar Station-Encino via Glenoaks Bl, Balboa Bl
    240 Northridge via Reseda Bl
    242 Porter Ranch-Woodland Hills via Tampa Av
    243 Porter Ranch – Woodland Hills via Winnetka Av
    244 Chatsworth Station-Woodland Hills via De Soto Av
    245 Topanga Canyon Bl
    656 Van Nuys/Hollywood Owl
    704 Metro Rapid Santa Monica
    720 Metro Rapid Wilshire
    733 Metro Rapid Venice
    761 Metro Rapid Van Nuys-Westwood (Note: buses will be using Sepulveda Bl between Ventura Bl and Getty Center Dr. Expect extended travel times between Sherman Oaks and Westwood).
    Metro Orange Line
    Metro Red/Purple Line
  • If you must travel by car: Check services like Google Maps and Waze for local traffic updates BEFORE leaving home. These can help you find the best alternate route. However, you should still expect severe delays wherever you go.
  • If you’re traveling by car, be sure to fill up your gas tank several days before July 15. The last thing you want is to run out of gas in stop-and-go traffic. Keeping a few bottles of water and snacks in the car is also a good idea.
  • If you’re flying into or out of a Los Angeles Area airport: Expect to add significant additional travel time between the airport and your next destination.
  • Do your research. The I-405 Improvements Project is not limited to the Mulholland Bridge closure; there are already aspects of the project underway that have affected local traffic. For a total list of street and lane closures, click here.

If You’re on or Near the UCLA Campus During the Closure Weekend

  • Please note: The UCLA campus will be closed to through traffic. Only individuals who are staying on campus or conducting official campus business will be allowed through.
  • If you’re staying on campus and have free time, take advantage of all that Westwood Village has to offer. Travel there by foot, bus, or bike.
Helpful Links

How UCLA is Preparing for Carmageddon (UCLA Today)
Roads to Avoid When 405 Closes (LA Times)
Access to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)


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