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Getty Center Entrance to Get a Makeover (Updated)

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.

Architect's rendering of redesigned Getty Center entrance

Architect's rendering of redesigned Getty Center entrance

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.

Getty Center entrance on Sepulveda Boulevard, November 2011

Getty Center entrance as of today. The 405 freeway (with wooden scaffolding for construction) passes above the entrance lanes.

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  1. tammy
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    It actually looks like there will be less landscaping at the entrance?

  2. Posted November 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Tammy – the image above is only intended to show the new architecture for the entrance. It doesn’t depict the complete landscaping plan, which is still being finalized. Stay tuned!

  3. Scott
    Posted April 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    What an exciting and helpful improvement! Thanks to the Getty for showing such leadership!

  4. Jason
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I’m a huge fan of the Getty Center, and I was really hoping to squeeze in a walk through of the Klimt exhibit before driving my rental back to LAX en route home to Chicago. Departing from West Hollywood around Noon on Monday, my total trip to the Getty Center before departing was approximately an hour, about 1/2 of which was spent 1/8 of a mile from the cul de sac, where all visitors were informed that the parking ramp was full and that there was no capacity for further visitors by car. At that moment I of course understood that the same information was just delivered to the majority of cars that were leaving that bottle neck over the course of the 25 minutes or so that I’d sat driving into it, and also that the majority of cars that remained lined up behind me were eventually going to hear the same.

    Now, I’m just throwing a couple ideas/questions out there:

    1) Is the current parking capacity reduced because of the 405 construction? It wasn’t clear to me if part of the parking structure was closed as a result of the construction above…

    2) Related, is the parking structure being rebuilt / expanded / modified as part of this makeover project? It seems an ideal moment to increase capacity, especially if the parking capacity is being maxed out at 1:30PM on a Monday afternoon. (The parking attendant told me to “come back after 1:30 – I didn’t bother mentioning what time it was, or the fact that I sat on Getty Center Dr. for over 20 minutes for him to suggest that, as it clearly isn’t his fault this happened.)

    3) Related, is it possible to set up an LED (or something lower-tech) sign somewhere prior to the turn-off onto Getty Center Dr. informing drivers that the GETTY LOT IS FULL – NO ENTRY or something to that effect? Once that turn is made, there’s no going back, and to simply indicate the parking situation to drivers with a sign that could be easily controlled by your parking staff would be brilliantly simple and useful, especially during this temporary period of construction.

    Hopefully this didn’t come off as an unfair complaint post – I’ve never had problems getting to the Center prior to the 405 construction, and I’m assuming the next time I visit this will all be completed. In the meantime, though, I’m curious about why the parking limitation exists (due to construction or just lacking capacity in general?), whether that max volume will increase with the makeover, and whether some simple signage could be installed outside the turn-off to the entrance to let people know they should keep on driving, rather than pulling into the bottleneck.

  5. Izetta Birch
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I am planning a visit to the Getty on Tuesday, February 4th will the south bound 405 entrance be open?

    • Posted January 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Izetta! Looking forward to your visit! According to the Metro project site, the south bound 405 exit will be open. For more information and more frequent updates, check out the metro project site here. If we hear anything else, we’ll comment back and let you know! Thanks, Sarah, Social Media Coordinator

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