LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City officials are letting Los Angeles drivers know about the upcoming “101 SlowJam” with a…slowjam.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with students from Roosevelt High School’s jazz band in front of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge, recorded a “music video” style public service announcement, reminiscent of veteran L.A. deejay’s Art LaBoe’s nighttime slow jam radio show.
“See we’re bringing down the Sixth Street Bridge, makin’ way for something new, and the demolition will cause delays,” Garcetti says smoothly as a student sings behind him. “Sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty.”
Demolition begins this weekend on the Sixth Street viaduct, forcing drivers to take detours around a 2.5-mile stretch of the Hollywood (101) Freeway that will be closed for 40 hours near Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles, starting Friday night.
A 220-foot section of the deteriorating 84-year-old bridge over the freeway will be removed during the closure, which will stretch from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway split to the interchange of the Golden State (5), 10 and 101 freeways south of downtown Los Angeles.
City officials have named the closure the 101 SlowJam, which begins at 10 p.m. Friday and ends at 2 p.m. Sunday. An average of about 126,000 cars are expected to be diverted per day, according to Caltrans.
Closures also will affect northbound on-ramps at Sixth Street/Whittier Boulevard, Euclid Street and Soto Street; and the southbound on-ramps at Los Angeles, Commercial, Mission and Fourth streets.