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Westside I-405 commuters brace for 'Ramp Jam'

June 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Westside's Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most congested roads in the county. The I-405 is one of the most congested freeways in the country. Put them together and it's one of the nation's worst areas for gridlock - and it's about to get even nastier.

Crews will begin a year-long reconstruction project to tear down and rebuild all eight of Wilshire Boulevard's on- and off-ramps to the freeway as part of a billion dollar improvements project to the interstate.

"We're only doing two ramps at a time," said Dave Sotero of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "The First two ramps we're doing for 90 days, the other six ramps are going to vary between two weeks and three months."

The first ones to close will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday. Those will be the northbound I-405 on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard, and the westbound Wilshire Boulevard off-ramp from the northbound I-405.

Dubbed the "Ramp Jam," "Octo-Jam," "Ramp-Shire," or whatever you want to call it, it all means one thing for drivers: "It's just another gridlock situation," said Andrew Oaks of Santa Monica.

Crews will begin preparing for their work Friday at 10 p.m. Thursday.