If only the city could build public transportation so fast: Metro announced today that the first two rebuilt Wilshire Boulevard ramps on the 405 will open today, three weeks ahead of schedule (work started June 22). The Westbound Wilshire on-ramp to the northbound 405 and the northbound 405 off-ramp to westbound Wilshire are now open for business after being rebuilt as part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, which will add a 10-mile northbound car lane on the 405, between the 10 freeway and the 101. This is all part of The Rampture, and six more Wilshire ramps must still be rebuilt. They'll be closed consecutively, two at a time, over the next year, for somewhere between 14 and 90 days. The contractor Kiewit worked around the clock on the ramps, and had a financial incentive to complete work early. Smartly, they also "scheduled the work after UCLA's quarter ended in June, resulting in lighter local traffic conditions that allowed construction crews to take all needed lane closures and accelerate their work." Don't get too joyous, though: Carmageddon II happens next month.
· Metro, Kiewet to open first two rebuilt Wilshire ramps three weeks early [The Source]