"Jamzilla" On Schedule, Causing Only Minor Delays

By Andrew Lopez
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 9:46 PM PDT
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With "Jamzilla" nearing its end, the focus now turns to what traffic will be like on the Westside once the Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project is completed. Patrick Healy reports from West LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

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Good Progress Being Made in 405 "Jamzilla" Construction

Two lanes on the northbound 405 Freeway were reopened Monday morning after a weekend of closures known as "Jamzilla." All closures were expected to be lifted around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Ted Chen reports live for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
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So far, so good: Transportation officials reported that “Jamzilla” isn’t causing any major delays on the 405 Freeway, and lane closures were expected to be lifted Tuesday morning.

Most or all of the northbound San Diego Freeway were shut down at various times throughout the holiday weekend as crews repainted and paved a 6-mile stretch of highway.

The partial shutdown from Getty Center Drive to Ventura Boulevard has caused minor delays of about 10 to 20 minutes, according to Metro officials. Monday was expected to be the biggest test as commuters returned to work.

"Monday is a federal holiday but it's not a holiday for everybody so people do need to get to work on Monday," said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said at the beginning of 80-hour project. 

Some Westside commuters hoped for more changes, as only one lane being added to the freeway might not be enough, according to some drivers. But Metro officials said they did what the space allowed.

"There is very little room in this area to be able to create additional lane capacity, but we did what we could," Sotero said.

NBC4's Samia Khan, Patrick Healy and Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.

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