‘Jamzilla’ Construction Work Proceeding on Schedule: Metro Officials

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The 80-hour full and partial closure of the 405 Freeway dubbed “Jamzilla” proceeded without any major problems Sunday, and was expected to be completed as scheduled Tuesday at 6 a.m., transportation officials said.


Traffic flows smoothly Sunday morning on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

By 10 p.m. Sunday, traffic began backing up in the northbound lanes near Getty Center Drive, two hours before all five lanes were again scheduled to close for construction overnight.

The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.

While there were some delays on Saturday night, official said motorists  mostly heeded their warnings, and avoided the area.

“We see a lot of red on the maps on PCH, the 101 and 110. So we know people are going around the area, but maybe they are not cutting back on their trips like they did with Carmageddon 1 and 2,” said Patrick Chandler of Caltrans.

Jamzilla-MapThe latest phase of construction began Friday night and is part of a $1.1-billion project to build a northbound carpool lane through the Sepulveda Pass.

“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.”

According to Metro, a full closure of northbound lanes was slated to be in effect during the following times:

  •     Monday, Feb. 17 – 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  •     Tuesday, Feb. 18 – 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Click here for more information on the “Jamzilla” closures.

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