LOS ANGELES – The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass provided a morning traffic update related to the repair of the 10 freeway at the City’s traffic control center. As directed by the Mayor, these briefings provided Angelenos with up-to-date information about detours and street closures as part of efforts. Watch the livestream here.
Mayor Karen Bass and Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced that all lanes of the I-10 freeway are now expected to reopen on Tuesday, just before Thanksgiving. This announcement follows Mayor Bass’ urgent, continuous efforts to expedite the repair and alleviate the traffic impacts of the closure on communities and commuters. Mayor Bass assured Angelenos that City departments will continue to respond with urgency to the impacts of the traffic closure during the ongoing construction.
The Mayor’s Office announced the following additional actions to alleviate traffic impacts on commuters and communities as they continue to navigate the impacts of the 10 freeway shutdown and forecasted rain into the weekend:
White-glove traffic officers will be deployed over the weekend before and after special events, including:
Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena tonight
USC vs. UCLA at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Saturday
Los Angeles Rams at So-Fi Stadium on Sunday
Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena on Sunday
Los Angeles Kings at the Crypto.com Arena on Saturday
the L.A. Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center
Yesterday, at the direction of Mayor Bass, the City began addressing a major bottleneck on the Alameda corridor by creating an additional turn lane in each direction to improve traffic flow.
City departments will continue to respond urgently and ensure that when the freeway opens, it will be safe.
The next 6:00 AM PT traffic briefing will be determined based off of weekend repair progress. Angelenos should visit emergency.lacity.gov for continuous up-to-date information.
Mayor Bass has directed ongoing, urgent action from City departments since the first day of the freeway closure:
Alleviating Traffic and Preparing for Rain
The Mayor announced on Wednesday that she has directed the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation to make CommuterExpress buses free of charge to encourage Angelenos to use public transportation on their commutes. She has also directed the Department to assist Metro in making trains along the routes of the freeway closures go faster for Angelenos taking the train.
In preparation for the anticipated rain, Mayor Bass has directed the Department of Transportation to increase the amount of white-glove traffic officers in the congested area to assist commuters to get through intersections faster. LAHSA’s augmented winter shelter program has also been activated by direction of the Mayor for the unhoused population to move inside and shelter from the rain. Angelenos can find more information at https://www.lahsa.org/winter-shelter.
Reducing Future Risk
The Mayor has directed Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley to immediately begin surveying similar areas under overpasses and identifying spots that may be of concern in order to take a proactive posture of prevention. That effort began earlier this week and results will be announced when available.
Expediting the Repair
The good news regarding the expected Tuesday timeline will not change the urgency that the Mayor will continue to bring in continuous efforts to help mitigate the traffic impacts to communities and commuters.
Supporting Impacted Businesses
Many businesses in and around downtown have been affected by the closure. Mayor Bass and her Deputy Mayor of Business and Economic Development released a compiled list of state, federal and local resources available for impacted businesses. Resources will also be available on emergency.lacity.gov. The Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement has canvassed the businesses of the area and is actively engaged in