WESTWOOD - Motorists navigating through the Sepulveda Pass will have less room to maneuver starting today as construction work narrows a section of Sepulveda Boulevard next to the San Diego (405) Freeway.
Contractors working on the $1 billion-plus freeway reconstruction and widening effort need to re-grade Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana and Church avenues, the stretch of road generally north of the Los Angeles National Cemetery and below the Sunset Boulevard overpass.
Beginning at 9 a.m. today and lasting for seven days, Sepulveda will lose half its capacity as workers limit it to just one lane in each direction.
And even those remaining two lanes of Sepulveda will be closed to all traffic between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., starting tonight.
The adjacent 405 Freeway lanes are the nearest detour. "Head for the 405, or head for the hills," said Kim Upton of Metro.
"Dump trucks and excavation equipment will be used, and some vibration may occur during the use of compaction rollers," Metro advised. That warning included the overnight hours.
The new Sepulveda Boulevard alignment slices through a hill east of the freeway, where a large retaining wall has been built.
Moving Sepulveda to the east and changing its grade allows Metro to build a new carpool lane and auxiliary exit lanes on the northbound 405 as nearly all of the 50-year-old freeway is rebuilt.
Once Sepulveda is relocated, workers will build the new