After weeks of warnings, "Jamzilla" -- the 80-hour shutdown of one of the most congested freeways in the country -- is off to a smooth start.
Most or all of the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway will be shut down at various times throughout the holiday weekend as crews pave a 6-mile stretch of highway.
"I'm a little scared of it, because everyone acts really, really crazy when it's gridlocked. My mirror got clipped just last night," driver Kristen Clement said.
Although not as dire as the full freeway shutdowns dubbed "Carmageddon" and "Carmageddon II," transportation officials still urged motorists to avoid unnecessary trips in the Sepulveda Pass to prevent massive traffic congestion.
"Monday is a federal holiday but it's not a holiday for everybody so people do need to get to work on Monday," said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency overseeing the project.
The closure will stretch from Getty Center Drive on LA's Westside to Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.
Ramps began closing at 7 p.m. Friday and freeway lanes began closing at 10 p.m.
All lanes of the freeway will be closed during the following times:
- 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday
- 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Monday
- Midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The project was on schedule Saturday afternoon and the freeway was expected to reopen Tuesday at 6 a.m.
Transportation officials said 35 traffic officers were added to accommodate the closures.