When work begins Wednesday night on the Sepulveda Pass Widening Project — the first full closure of the northbound freeway after midnight — Metro's man in charge will be Mike Barbour. He's done Air Force reserve tours in Iraq, experience that may help him survive three (scheduled) years of commuter and neighborhood disruption on the Westside. Barbour, 56, makes $200,000 a year as Metro's Executive Officer, Highway Project Management. The $1 billion project to build a northbound carpool lane, fix bridges and do a bunch of other upgrades is a co-production of Metro and Caltrans.
The inaugural construction phase will change life as we know it on the already congested 405. “It’s a big deal…The people that drive this, that live there, haven’t been impacted and now they’re going to be impacted.”
The impact hits on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., when, weather permitting, crews will start delineating new, narrower lanes on the freeway to accommodate a construction zone.