‘Ramp Jam’ Ends; Final Wilshire Blvd On-Ramp to NB 405 Fwy Opens

It’s a wrap for “Ramp Jam.”  After a two month closure, the final rebuilt freeway on-ramp at the Wilshire/I-405 Interchange opened Thursday at 6 a.m., officials said.

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Cars enter the NB 405 Freeway on-ramp at Wilshire Blvd., Nov. 7, 2013 (KTLA).

The ramp closed on August 22, when an old on-ramp was demolished as part of the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, according to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

The closures sparked headaches and complaints about gridlock from residents living near the freeway in Westwood.

The newly rebuilt final northbound ramp is about three times longer than the original ramp, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told KTLA 5.

The ramp was designed to make transitions on and off the freeway safer, and to free up some of the congestion that builds along Wilshire boulevard, Yaroslavsky said.

The ramp was expected to be shut down for about three months, but it opened two weeks early, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

“Ramp Jam” is part of the $1 billion project, which is behind schedule and over budget, officials have said.