101SlowJam: What drivers and Boyle Heights residents need to know about this weekend’s 101 Freeway closure

Detour Ahead | Boyle Heights Beat

Detour Ahead | Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS  — This weekend’s 40-hour closure of a 2.5 mile stretch of the 101 Freeway, to allow for the demolition of the easternmost edge of the Sixth Street Bridge,  already has a catchy nickname –hashtag included.

In calling it the #101SlowJam, officials are anticipating that the closure beginning tonight (Feb. 5) at 10 p.m. and ending just in time for Super Bowl Sunday will cause little or no major traffic jams or headaches.

For weeks, Caltrans has been advising about the weekend closure in electronic billboards placed on freeways as far away as Orange County and Pasadena.  And the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering –which is overseeing the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project–has embarked on a media campaign to get the word out about alternate routes for drivers approaching the closure.

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