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Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry at the podium. Next to her is LADOT's Aram Sahakian and to the far right is District 7 Director Mike Miles.

PHOTO HIGHLIGHT: 110 Project Ramp Closure Press Conference
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 05/2011

Caltrans, the City of Los Angeles and Staples Center/L.A. Live participated in a press conference on April 7 to discuss the long-term closure of the 11th Avenue on-ramp to the northbound Harbor Freeway (SR-110) in downtown Los Angeles. The ramp is heavily used by motorists attending events at the downtown venues.

The ramp closure, which will be in effect until the end of the year, is part of a $25 million project that will add auxiliary lanes, improve various ramps and the SR-110/I-10 Interchange and create better access to downtown. It is expected to complete in summer 2013.

The purpose of the press event was to ensure the public was aware of the closure and detour plan.

“The decision to close these ramps was not made quickly nor taken lightly,” Miles said. “The 110 improvement project involved several years of planning.” He stressed the project benefits and the fact Caltrans developed its construction staging and closure sequencing in conjunction with local agencies.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry spoke about the city’s participation in developing a strategy that would have the least amount of impact on facility users and also said that the project, when completed, would make it easier to live, work and visit downtown.

Los Angeles Department of Transportation Engineer Aram Sahakian shared the city’s detour plan and Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Staples Center and L.A. Live Lee Zeidman reassured event attendees that the detours would be easy to follow and that the closure would not affect their enjoyment of attending the venues.

The Olympic Boulevard off-ramp from southbound II0 also has been closed until the end of the year as part of this project.

District 7 Director Mike Miles is interviewed after the press conference. LADOT's Aram Sahakian explains the detour plan. LALIVE and STAPLES Center GM Lee Zeidman tells potential venue-goers that the ramp closure impact will be minimal. Media record the press conference.