Architect's rendering of the new Getty Center entrance

Architect’s rendering of the new Getty Center entrance, coming Fall 2014

Update for summer 2014:

Since 2010, the I-405 widening project has been under construction to add a carpool lane to the northbound freeway from the 10 to the 101. After years of required reconstruction to the Getty, we are nearing completion of our entry.

The changes begin at the street as you approach Getty Center Drive. New landscape and signs at Sepulveda Boulevard will let our guests know that they are approaching the Getty Center. A newly designed bus canopy on the west side of Sepulveda will let visitors know that they have arrived.

As visitors turn onto Getty Center Drive, they will circulate around a landscaped, travertine-clad disc. The sycamore trees and native, drought-tolerant plant material will provide a visual connection to the hillside beyond.

Attention has been paid to improving the flow of vehicular traffic onto and through the site. Improvements will include increased traffic lanes, a relocated passenger and taxi drop-off area, and an added vehicular entrance to our main parking garage. We thank everyone for their patience during construction and look to wrapping up construction in fall 2014.

Travertine cladding being installed on a traffic island inside the Getty Center entrance

Travertine cladding being installed on the island just inside the entrance. Next up, drought-tolerant landscaping

Originally posted in 2011:

Traffic is legendary in Los Angeles, where our freeways are prominent markers of the landscape. The Getty Center has a special relationship with the freeway, as it sits by the banks of Interstate 405. Visitors traveling up to the Getty Center on our tram watch as 10 lanes of cars speed (or inch) by below. Views from our Cactus Garden on the South Promontory are dominated by the thick line of cars heading south into the horizon near LAX. And the 405 freeway also runs directly over our main entrance.

Architect's rendering of redesigned Getty Center entrance

Architect’s rendering of redesigned Getty Center entrance, 2011

The project to widen the 405 freeway and improve traffic by adding a carpool lane has been underway since January 2010 (carmageddon, anyone?). And now our own Getty Center entrance on Sepulveda Boulevard is getting a makeover.

When finished, our newer, snazzier front entrance will have new sound walls, lusher landscaping, a better bus shelter integrated into the design of the entrance, and improved lighting in the passageway underneath the 405. Result: visiting the Getty Center will be faster by car and more pleasant by bus or bike.

Getty Center entrance on Sepulveda Boulevard, November 2011

Getty Center entrance mid-construction, 2011. The 405 freeway (with wooden scaffolding for construction) passes above the entrance lanes.