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Motorists are strongly encouraged to eliminate unnecessary automobile trips, stay local, avoid the area, and/or divert to other freeways to avoid possible multi-hour delays. 


This webpage is dedicated to provide travelers, motorists and airport employees with information, resources and tips so you can PLAN AHEAD to avoid as much as possible major traffic congestion and delays expected on the northbound I-405 San Diego Freeway during Presidents’ Day weekend from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014,  

The traffic delays will be due to scheduled construction on a 5.6-mile (9 km) section of the northbound direction of the I-405 San Diego Freeway between Getty Center Drive on the south and Ventura Boulevard on the north, about 10 miles north of LAX.  This segment of freeway equals two-thirds of the length of the entire I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.   

The closure will facilitate excavating and re-paving the mainline roadway in one 80-hour closure as opposed to several 55-hour closure operations over a series of weekends.  

The 80-hour closure consists of a partial daytime lane reduction and a full nighttime closure of the freeway’s northbound only lanes.  During daytime hours, two northbound lanes will remain open while three lanes will be closed.  During nighttime hours, all five northbound freeway lanes will be closed.  While the southbound lanes will remain open during daytime hours of the closure, normal closures may occur during nighttime hours. 

Northbound I-405 Full Directional Closure:  

  • Friday, February 14:7 p.m. - exits and ramps begin closing 
  • Friday, February 14:10 p.m. - freeway lanes begin closing to ensure full freeway closure at 1 a.m. 
  • Saturday, February 15:1 a.m. to 6 a.m.  
  • Sunday, February 16:2 a.m. to 7 a.m.  
  • Monday, February 17:12 a.m. (midnight) to 5 a.m.  
  • Tuesday, February 18: 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m.  

Northbound I-405 Reduced to Two Lanes: 

  • Saturday, February 15 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, February 16 at 2 a.m. 
  • Sunday, February 16 from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. 
  • Monday, February 17 from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. 

The freeway opens to full capacity at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18.  

Impacts to Air Travelers, Motorists, and Airport Employees 

General Airport Operations: 

LAX is forecasted to serve more than 160,000 passengers each day of Presidents’ Day weekend.  A daily average of 65,000 vehicles is expected to come to LAX that weekend.  While less than on weekdays, approximately 20,000 airport-wide employees are scheduled to work each weekend day.   

Travelers coming to the airport for departing flights, as well as airport employees reporting for work, are not expected to be impacted.   

LAX FlyAway® Bus Operations: 

All FlyAway® routes will be operating on their normal schedules.  Northbound FlyAway® buses to Van Nuys and Westwood are expected to encounter traffic congestion and delays, especially during peak traffic periods of the day.  To ensure FlyAway® buses depart in a timely manner from the Van Nuys and Westwood locations to LAX, additional buses will be dispatched as needed.     

Flight Operations: 

Flights at LAX are expected to operate normally during the Presidents’ Day weekend.  Winter weather conditions in other parts of the U.S. may impact flights to/from LAX.  Passengers are advised to check with their airlines by calling or visiting their websites for flight status.  Passengers are also encouraged to sign up on their airlines’ website to receive electronic flight status alerts. 

Traffic Conditions: 

Passengers, motorists and employees leaving LAX and driving northbound I-405 to the San Fernando Valley, to northern Los Angeles County and beyond, should expect major traffic congestion and delays – especially during the approach to the I-405 and I-10 Santa Monica Freeway interchange.  Motorists will be redirected to other regional freeways or surface streets.  NO special consideration will be given to whether the motorists are driving private vehicles or public transportation vehicles (including the LAX FlyAway® buses to Van Nuys and Westwood), such as taxi cabs, municipal and long-distance buses, door-to-door shuttle vans limousines,     

Motorists driving to coastal communities north of LAX (i.e., Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu, etc.) should expect Lincoln Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway to be congested. 

Motorists driving to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties west of Los Angeles have the option of using north-south surface streets between US 101 and Pacific Coast Highway. 

General Travel Advice and Tips  

Plan ahead.  Use public transit to/from LAX to reduce the number of vehicles on the I-405.  If you must drive, avoid impacted areas, and minimize the number of vehicle trips.  Plan your route and monitor real-time traffic conditions. 

BEFORE you get into the car, check live updates at @I_405 and at Call 511 during the closure weekend and say “Jamzilla” or visit for real-time traffic updates.

1.    L.A. City Department of Transportation monitors traffic on city streets on its
Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) system at:  For traffic on streets in and around LAX: 

2.    Caltrans provides current traffic status on California highways and state roads at: 

REMINDER:  California state law prohibits using hands to talk, text or browse the Internet on cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. 

Free Translation of This Information  

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Contact Us 

You may call the following telephone numbers for further information: 

  • 1-310-646-5252: LAX general information operator, staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday 
  • 1-424-646-5260: LAX Public Relations Office staffed from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.  During off-hours and weekends, dial this number and “Press 1” to be transferred directly to the 24-hour public information officer. 
  • 1-213-922-3665: Metro Project Hotline