Staff, faculty, students and anyone coming to campus via Sunset Boulevard on a regular basis shouldn't get too accustomed to lighter summer traffic. Roadwork is coming.

Major work on Sunset begins Tuesday, June 25 when the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power begins the first phase of an upgrade to underground electrical infrastructure. According to the DWP, at least one lane in each direction will always be open, with construction moving in increments along two sections near the northwest and northeast campus borders:

  • Between Bellagio Road and the 405 freeway. Work will begin near the 405 and work east toward Bellagio. Construction will progress in roughly 500-foot increments until this portion of work is completed.
  • Between South Beverly Glen Boulevard and Carolwood Drive.

Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturdays, construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays as needed, according to the DWP fact sheet. However, work hours may be extended occassionally to expedite construction and complete as much as possible while students are away for summer, according to DWP officials.

Construction will include excavating Sunset Boulevard to install more power lines, which are expected to increase power reliability in the area, according to the DWP.

“Demand for power has increased in the Bel Air, Beverly Crest, Westwood and Holmby Hills neighborhoods, and circuits that feed those areas are operating at 120% over capacity,” the DWP said. “Construction will begin after UCLA is out of session to take advantage of the summer schedule when there will be fewer students and faculty on campus. Working hours have been reduced to avoid heavy commute times.”

Phase I of construction is scheduled to begin June 25 and continue during the school year until summer 2020. Phase II is expected to begin on nearby streets in late 2020.

People with questions about the roadwork can call a special hotline at 213-367-6045 and check the project website to make inquiries during the project’s work hours.

For Bruins who are ready to leave their cars at home, UCLA Transportation subsidizes bus fares with more than half a dozen public transit agencies, runs its own vanpool program, provides support services for biking, manages a bike-share program, offers a carpool-matching program to help Bruins find driving buddies, and more.