The San Diego (405) Freeway Sepulveda Pass improvements project responsible for February’s traffic event known as “Jamzilla” will prompt overnight closures and daytime lane restrictions starting Friday.
An approximately half-mile stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana Avenue and Church Lane will undergo a major reconstruction project, demolishing asphalt and paving new roadway from March 14 to April 28, according to Metro.
The project will reduce the road to one lane in each direction on weekdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Full nighttime closures are expected between those hours on weekday nights. Full closures will take place between 10 p.m. Fridays and 6 a.m. Mondays.
“Anytime you do work on Sepulveda there is more potential to create congestion because it is already a congested roadway,” said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. “We have done work there before but this is more concerning because it is a six-week project that involves paving, which can’t be rushed.”
No lanes will be added to the road, but the construction is expected to result in a smoother ride for drivers.
A less lengthy construction project will take place between Santa Monica and National boulevards late Saturday, March 15 through early Sunday morning resulting in the full closure of the southbound I-405 in that area. Because of its timing, Sotero does not expect this project to inconvenience drivers too much.
For alternate routes to get around these construction projects visit the Metro website.