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Jul 15, 2011 8:54 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local company in charge of 405 Freeway closure

The folks responsible for the historic shutdown on the 405 freeway this weekend work right here on the Central Coast. The company, Statewide Traffic Safety and Signs is based in Nipomo and has 11 offices throughout California.

If you're heading down to Los Angeles this weekend, this is the company handling all those lane closures and signage you will see while stuck in traffic.

Statewide Traffic Safety and Signs says it has had crews working on this $1 billion project for a year and a half. The 10.3 mile closure is the largest in company history. Of the 50 employees working on the shutdown this weekend, six are from the Nipomo office.

"We will have crews of guys monitoring the on ramps and the off ramps, making sure that we don't have any members of the public that decide that they only need to go down to the next ramp," said Branch Manager Rob Hooper

The company started in Grover Beach back in 1987 and moved to Nipomo about 20 years ago.

The project will bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Nipomo company, but as you might expect, this could also one of most hated businesses in Southern California this weekend.

The contract for the entire 405 project is Keywood Pacific. Statewide Traffic Safety and Sign is a sub-contractor. It also expects to handle the project's second major closure next summer.

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