WESTMINSTER, Calif. (KTLA) — All lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County were reopened ahead of schedule on Sunday after the demolition of a 50-year-old connector bridge was completed earlier than expected, Caltrans officials said.
The 20-hour freeway closure dubbed “Bridge Bash” started Saturday night and had been planned to end at 5 p.m. Sunday.
But the work went so well that officials reopened the southbound lanes about 2:45 p.m. The northbound lanes were opened soon after.
During the construction project, Caltrans crews planned to demolish the bridge, which links the southbound 405 to the eastbound 22 Freeway.
The work was part of the $277-million West County Connectors project to improve traffic flow by directly connecting carpool lanes on the 405, 605 and 22 freeways.
In addition, a second carpool lane will be added on the 405 between the 22 and the 605.
Traffic on the 405 near the border between Orange and Los Angeles counties averages about 370,000 vehicles each day, according to transit officials.
A list of recommended detours is available on the Orange County Transportation Authority website.