Expect midnight jams on the Hollywood Freeway

Courtesy Caltrans District 7

Courtesy Caltrans District 7

Caltrans is warning motorists that sections of the 101 Freeway between Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park and Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood will be closed over several nights after midnight through the first week of September. The closures will not be big enough to warrant a Twitter hashtag but promise to delay traffic as workers install new wire sensors called “loop detectors” in the pavement.

The closures, which will apply to different sections of northbound and southbound lanes, will take place from 12 am to 5 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  As the sensors are installed in one section, crews will move to a new section of roadway that will be closed to traffic.

The installation of the loop detectors are part of the final phase of an approximately $20 million repaving project that has prompted similar closures in recent months, according to Caltrans.

What do loop detectors do? Here’s the word from Caltrans:

“Loop detectors track travel time information and speeds that reflect real-time traffic conditions. The data collected from the wire loops can be translated in many ways. For instance, the count for how many vehicles pass over each loop at any given time determines traffic volume. The length of time that a vehicle remains on the loop indicates a possible incident, congestion or if traffic is flowing smoothly.”

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