A stretch of the 101 Freeway has reopened ahead of schedule following an overnight closure in both directions to accommodate the demolition of a pedestrian bridge in Encino, Caltrans announced.

The demolition was completed earlier than planned and the freeway reopened at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Caltrans officials. The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and was scheduled to end at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The closure stretched from White Oak Avenue to Balboa Boulevard, and also included a half-dozen onramps in the area

  • Traffic on the 101 freeway back to normal ahead of...

    Traffic on the 101 freeway back to normal ahead of schedule as cal-trans did quick work over night demolishing the walking overpass Sunday Encino CA, Oct 2,2002.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Traffic on the 101 freeway back to normal ahead of...

    Traffic on the 101 freeway back to normal ahead of schedule as cal-trans did quick work over night demolishing the walking overpass Sunday Encino CA, Oct 2,2002.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the last section of...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the last section of the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Traffic jam on Burbank Blvd, as Caltrans bring down the...

    Traffic jam on Burbank Blvd, as Caltrans bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

  • Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge...

    Caltrans uses excavator to bring down the walking overpass bridge Saturday night Encino Oct 1,2022. Caltrans will close all lanes on a section of 101 overnight in Encino, as early as 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, reopening Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., between White Oak Ave and Balboa Blvd. This so crews can demolish longtime pedestrian bridge over the 101.
    (Photo by Gene Blevins/ /Contributing Photographer)

Caltrans workers removed the pedestrian bridge over the freeway at Encino Avenue to eliminate its outdated vertical clearance.

The bridge will not be replaced.

“Caltrans is currently working on plans to upgrade nearby crossing points along the corridor, including at Louise Avenue, to ensure pedestrians and bicyclists have improved and safer access across U.S. 101,” Caltrans spokeswoman Allison Colburn said in a media statement last week. “We will continue working with the Encino community to determine next steps.”

Nearby residents successfully lobbied to have state funds meant to replace the bridge used instead for other roadway improvements near the freeway.

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