The northbound stretch of the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass was fully reopened Tuesday morning one hour ahead of schedule following a full and partial closure of lanes over the Presidents Day weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Dubbed “Jamzilla,” the closures affected a nearly six-mile stretch of freeway from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Boulevard.
The work was scheduled to be completed at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, according the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
However, the CHP tweeted around 5 a.m. that all lanes had been reopened.
NB I-405 FREEWAY THROUGH THE SEPULVEDA PASS IS NOW OPEN—
CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) February 18, 2014
The construction was part of a $1.1-billion project to build a northbound carpool lane through the Sepulveda Pass.
Closing the northbound portion of the freeway over the weekend allowed crews to pave and re-stripe the highway, where the high-occupancy vehicle lane was being added.
“We expect that, in the summer, that we’ll be all done with the 405 work,” said Paul Gonzalez, spokesman for Metro. In “July or August, we should see the whole thing open. When that occurs, you’re going to have this brand-new, modern freeway that’s going to meet our needs for the next 50, 60 years.”