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‘Bridge Bash’ Project to Close O.C. portion of 405 Freeway

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A 20-hour freeway closure, dubbed the “Bridge Bash,” was scheduled to shut down a busy section of the 405 Freeway starting Saturday night.

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WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — All lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County were reopened ahead of schedule on Sunday after the demolition of a 50-year-old connector bridge was completed earlier than expected, Caltrans officials said.

The 20-hour freeway closure dubbed “Bridge Bash” started Saturday night and had been planned to end at 5 p.m. Sunday.

But the work went so well that officials reopened the southbound lanes about 2:45 p.m. The northbound lanes were opened soon after.

During the construction project, Caltrans crews planned to demolish the bridge, which links the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22 Freeway.

The work was part of the $277-million West County Connectors project to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes on the 405, 605 and 22 freeways.

In addition, a second carpool lane will be added on the 405 between the 22 and the 605.

Traffic on the 405 near the border between Orange and Los Angeles counties averages about 370,000 vehicles each day, according to transit officials.

A list of recommended detours is available on the Orange County Transportation Authority website.

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A planned freeway closure, dubbed the “Bridge Bash,” shut down a busy section of the 405 Freeway in Orange County on Saturday evening and was expected to last about 20 hours.

Bridge Demolition Mapwcc_big

A map provided by the Orange County Transportation Authority shows “Bridge Bash” closures and recommended detours. (Sources: ESRI, OCTA / Graphic by Paul Duginski / Aug. 10, 2013)

During the closure, Caltrans crews planned to demolish the bridge linking the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22 Freeway.

The work is part of the $277-million West County Connectors project to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes on the 405, 605 and 22 freeways.

In addition, a second carpool lane will be added on the 405 between the 22 and the 605.

Traffic on the 405 near the border between Orange and Los Angeles counties averages about 370,000 vehicles each day, according to transit officials.

A list of recommended detours is available on the Orange County Transportation Authority website.

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A 20-hour freeway closure, dubbed the “Bridge Bash,” was scheduled to shut down a busy section of the 405 Freeway starting Saturday night.

The full freeway closure was expected to be in effect from 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, through 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, between the 605 Freeway and Valley View Street in Westminster.

Bridge Demolition Mapwcc_big

A maps shows closures and recommended detours during the “Bridge Bash.” (Sources: ESRI, OCTA / Graphic by Paul Duginski / Aug. 10, 2013)

During the closure, Caltrans crews will demolish the bridge linking the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22 Freeway.

The work was part of the $277-million West County Connectors project to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes on the 405, 605 and 22 freeways.

In addition, a second carpool lane will be added on the 405 between the 22 and the 605.

Traffic on the 405 near the border between Orange and Los Angeles counties averages about 370,000 vehicles each day, according to transit officials.

Typical weekend traffic in the area is about 350,000 vehicles per day.

A list of recommended detours is available on the Orange County Transportation Authority website.

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