After a nearly 80-hour partial closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway, the traffic event known as "Jamzilla" is over.
The northbound San Diego Freeway along the Sepulveda Pass reopened Tuesday morning.
"I just want to remind the publc that for their short term pain, there will be a considerable long term gain," Metro’s Executive Director of Transit Project Delivery K.N. Murthy said. "When we are done with the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project this summer, we will have 10 more miles of new carpool lane."
Beginning this summer, motorists on the San Diego Freeway will be able to enter the carpool lane in both directions from Orange County and into North LA County, Murthy said. He added that this improvement would save a minute per mile in travel time.
All northbound lanes between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard were closed overnight and most lanes were closed during the day over Presidents Day weekend. Cars squeezing into two open lanes during the day caused some traffic in the area.
Officials used the Jamzilla closure to repave and repaint lines on the freeway. The freeway widening project is part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. Over the course of the project, dozens of on and off ramps have been improved, and three major bridges have been replaced to adhere to structural seismic standards, Murthy said.
"Still everyone has had their fill of Carmageddons and Jamzillas, there won’t be anymore. We are retiring Jamzilla back to Hollywood back where it really belongs," Murthy said.