405 Fwy Stretch Reopens Ahead of Schedule

A stretch of the San Diego (405) Freeway through Orange County reopened ahead of schedule after being closed for a bridge reconstruction project.

The stretch that was closed since Saturday night is where the 405, San Gabriel River (605) and Garden Grove (22) freeways converge in Westminster.

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Crews had to destroy a 700-foot-long, 50-year-old, concrete bridge to make way for a new one. Officials say the new bridge will allow for a smoother transition from the 405 to the 22, said Darrell Johnson of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

The project is part of a 6-mile, $270 million road improvement that should be finished in 2015.

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