September 2012 update—Carmaggedon II rolls into town on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. The 405 will be closed from the 10 to the 101, and the Getty Center will also be CLOSED both days (Getty Villa open). As the carpocalpse approaches, Sepulveda Blvd. is intermittently reduced to one lane in either direction (mostly during non-peak daytime hours). For the most part, traffic is flowing normally. Check LA Metro’s closure updates here—the Getty Center is in the Sunset Segment of the construction—for the latest news.
August 2012 update—Construction related to the I-405 expansion continues on and around the Getty Center entrance, and girders have now been laid for the two-lane expansion of the 405 freeway.
July 2012 update—Modifications to the parking lot are underway at the Getty Center. Visitors park first and then pay, which should ease occasional congestion turning onto Getty Center Drive on crowded days. Pull a ticket upon entering and then prepay at one of the new parking pay stations, located in the parking structure and at the top of the hill, before returning to your car.
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.
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.
Construction is expected to last about 18 months and be completed in 2013. 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.
In the meantime, our entrance will be accessible throughout the construction. Come on by to see an exhibition, such as our Pacific Standard Time shows, or just to view the construction on the 405 from a higher vantage point.