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405 fully open after 'Jamzilla'

Posted: February 18, 2014 8:05 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 8:05 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Traffic was flowing again early Tuesday on a stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County that was shut down for construction, raising the threat of a holiday weekend "Jamzilla" that never materialized.

The freeway and on-ramps were reopened at about 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, in time for the workday rush, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Mark Littman said.

While there were some delays Monday, motorists mostly avoided the area where repaving continued as part of a project to add carpool lanes to the notoriously choked freeway.

Transportation planners practically begged drivers to avoid the area while the work was underway, fearing what was nicknamed a "Jamzilla" tie-up of traffic.

California Department of Transportation manager John Yang said by staying away again, drivers "defeated the traffic monster that threatened our city."

Workers keeping to a tight schedule repaved nearly six miles of northbound lanes over the Sepulveda Pass connecting West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

There was minimal impact on southbound lanes, officials said.

The fears about traffic snarls were reminiscent of several years ago, when gridlock from a closure dubbed "Carmageddon" did not materialize because drivers heeded pleas to stay off the roads.

Carmageddon and Jamzilla were spawned by $1.1 billion in improvements being made to Interstate 405 that include higher-capacity on- and off-ramps and bridges that meet seismic standards.


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