101 Freeway lanes close every night this week in the San Fernando Valley

File: Traffic clogs the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles.
File: Traffic clogs the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles.
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Driving on the 101 Freeway in the the San Fernando Valley is a serious detriment to some Angelenos — and this week, it's even worse. The California Department of Transportation is shutting down lanes on the north and southbound 101, as well as connectors to other equally congested roadways like the 405 and 134 freeways, every night this week for road work.

Crews will be repaving, installing loop detectors and upgrading existing guardrails in the area, Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler told KPCC. The times and how far the closures stretch will vary each night. 

Starting Wednesday, two lanes of the 101 south will be closed from Winnetka Avenue to Tampa Avenue from 10 p.m.-5:30 a.m., with similar closures each night through Friday night/Saturday morning. Three lanes of the northbound side will be shut down from Winnetka Avenue through Shoup Avenue from 11 p.m-6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The 101 south to northbound 405 connector will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 p.m.-5:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.-5 a.m., respectively. The connector between the northbound 101 to the 134 west will be closed Wednesday night only, from midnight to 5 a.m.

Here's a map of the of the closures, which include additional shutdowns: 

The nightly closures are extensive. Chandler encourages drivers to consider alternate routes. 

“People may be dismayed by the fact that they might need to go a longer distance, but it’s possible that the longer distance could be much faster,” he said.  

He also urges late night drivers to remain alert, following the recent death of a Caltrans employee on duty.