Completion of the massive construction project to widen the San Diego (405) Freeway has been pushed back at least a year. Officials say the utility work in moving Sepulveda Boulevard east has been more complex than expected, and commuters have formed a group to urge Metro to speed up the process. Ted Chen reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2013.
After more than three years of work to ease congestion in the notoriously traffic-prone segment of the San Diego (405) Freeway, completion of the Sepulveda Pass Improvement project has been delayed at least another 12 months.
That’s frustrated commuters enough to start a campaign to push Metro to move faster.
"Enough is enough," said David Murphy, with Angelenos Against Gridlock. "We've had this project going on so long; we really need to get the 405 project done so we can get on with our lives."
Crews are working to widen the 405 to make room for a carpool lane, but officials said the utility work in moving Sepulveda Boulevard east has been more complex than anticipated.
Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said it is "misleading" to think the entire project is delayed.
"The middle part of the project is delayed," he said.
The news comes as drivers are being alerted to another partial closure through the Sepulevda Pass (map).
From 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, northbound 405 between Montana Avenue and Getty Center Drive will be reduced from five lanes to two lanes.
Drivers can take westbound Wilshire to northbound Sepulveda to bypass the construction. They can get back onto northbound 405 at Skirball Center Drive.
So far, completed portions of the Sepulveda Pass Improvement project include a renovated and widened Sunset Boulevard Bridge and new ramps connecting Wilshire Boulevard to the freeway.
Renovations to Skirball and Mulholland bridges will be completed by the end of the year, but the projected finish for the entire project is now mid-2014, Sotero said.
The nearby Getty Center will have some 50 traffic officers on hand to expedite traffic flow into the museum, according to a Getty spokesman.
NBC4 intern Heather Navarro contributed to this report.