WEST LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two of the four northbound lanes on the San Diego Freeway, which were closed overnight as work continued on Sepulveda Pass road improvements, reopened ahead of schedule.
However, access will remain reduced to two lanes today between Mulholland Drive and Ventura. And, transition roads onto the northbound 405 from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway will remain closed until early Tuesday morning.
As has been the case throughout what was billed as ``Jamzilla,'' traffic delays have remained manageable, and much of the feared congestion has not materialized because many motorists avoided the area during the Presidents Day weekend.
On Sunday, construction plans changed midafternoon, and workers began removing barriers to some on ramps to the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway. Ramps at Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards were reopened and remained open all night, even during the midnight to 4:30 a.m. road closures.
And although most schools and government agencies are closed today for the Presidents Day holiday, Metro officials are still recommending that 405 leave extra time to reach their destinations.
'`People should be prepared for extra traffic on the 405 -- more congestion than so far," Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales warned.
Overnight, crews dug up the center median near Ventura Boulevard. It is being shifted 20 feet west, and the entire northbound pavement will be dug up and replaced during the next two overnight closures.
Saturday saw a huge traffic jam on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, where electronic signs advised that two lanes on the northbound 405 were open in Sepulveda Pass. While that was true, the signs failed to note that transition roads from the 10 to the 405 north were closed because of Jamzilla, and there was no direct connection from the 10 to the pass.
That apparently contributed to observed swerving and confusion on the 10 at the 405 all day Saturday. At one point, traffic on the westbound 10 was backed up from La Cienega Boulevard to the ramp blockades at the 405.
Today, the electronic signs on the 10 said ramps to the 405 north were closed. There was no congestion observed at the 10/405 interchange, although Sunday morning traffic was negligible in all directions.
Metro has announced that the 10's connectors to the northbound 405 would remain closed until the end of Jamzilla at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The California Highway Patrol recommended extending the connector road closures, citing driver safety and the impact to traffic on the 405, according to Metro.
At midnight tonight, all lanes of the northbound 405 will close one last time before all lanes reopen no later than 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Advice, updates and details on the freeway closures are available at http://www.lawa.org/405 and motorists can also access a Jamzilla hotline by calling 5-1-1 and saying ``Jamzilla'' or by visiting http://www.go511.com.