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The 405 Freeway Closure: Alternate Routes You Can Take

June 8, 2011

Interstate 405, or I-405, will be closed July 16-17, 2011 for 53 hours, affecting ten miles of the 405 Freeway in the Westside of Los Angeles.  This freeway is heavily traveled and is bound to disrupt people’s travels, especially mid-summer.  The Metro is offering free subway rides during the 405 closure to help people get around the anticipated traffic build-up.

On July 16-17, 2011, a 10-mile section of the 405 freeway, which is one of the most congested highways in the U.S., will be closed for 53 hours. Here are some alternate routes you can take.The construction for the freeway widening and the partial demolition of the Mulholland Bridge (map | street view) over the freeway will cost $1.3 billion.  A northbound carpool lane will be added to the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways, while the bridge will be widened and more resistant to seismic activity.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says 500,000 vehicles travel the 405 on a typical mid-July weekend.  Officials are advising people to use the Metro Rail service to bypass the massive traffic pile up that is expected during the construction.  There will be alternate route solutions posted on the project’s website as well as a few suggestions below.

Google Maps: Section of 405 Freeway closure

Maps of alternate routes from San Fernando to the South Bay

Map of routes to the Westside

If you are flying into LAX on July 16 or 17 and headed to all points north or west, take the following route through Downtown Los Angeles.

  • Route (From the airport): South Sepulveda Blvd., I-105 E, I-110 N, I-5 N

From I-5 N:

If you are from Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo and you are headed to LAX, take Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Oxnard and head east.

Before you head out in or around the Los Angeles area, go to the following website and watch traffic maps of the LA area in real time:

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Taylor P.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for the “Fifth of May”, is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican victory against French forces on May 5, 1862.  The holiday is widely celebrated in the United States of America, more so than in Mexico itself.  People should not confuse this holiday with Mexico’s Independence Day, which takes place on September 16th.  Cinco de Mayo is a fun and exciting holiday to celebrate with the family or at a public event.  If you choose not to celebrate at home, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, 4th Street in Santa Ana, and Virginia Park in Santa Monica all have public activities for this holiday.

Many families get together and make Mexican food and play Mexican music.  On the historic site, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities take place.  At Virginia Park in Santa Monica, mariachis, a salsa band, folklorico dancers, and children’s crafts will all be on-site with classic, vintage, muscle cars, low riders, trucks and specialty vehicles.  Santa Ana has the largest Mexican-American community in Orange County.  On the city’s 4th Street, a two-day festival is held with carnival rides, games, music, dance and lots of food.  With food, and entertainment for people of all ages, you can be sure that Cinco de Mayo will be enjoyed by the whole family!

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