405 Freeway Reopens Ahead of Plan

"Carmageddon" ends early.

Work on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass finished at noon today, well in advance of its originally scheduled early Monday opening.

The reopening of connectors, on-ramps and off-ramps followed.

Demolition of the south side of the Mulholland Drive bridge was completed and inspected early this morning and then clean-up crews were brought in, said Caltrans District Supervisor Michael Miles.

"Things went very smoothly," Miles said.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made an announcement on the progress at 11 a.m. at the bridge construction site.

Meanwhile, public safety and transportation officials are reporting a job well done amid large-scale preparations. Traffic was extremely light over the weekend, with as many as twice the number of people on subways and bus lines, said Aram Sahakian, an engineer with the Department of Transportation and a member of the emergency response team.

"We didn’t have a crystal ball to see what’s coming our way," Sahakian said. "We prepared for the worst case scenario, period."

The department is gathering data on the impact to local businesses. While the word is that people shopped local, venues such as the Coliseum reported thinner crowds to events such as the soccer game Saturday night between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Madrid.

Jon Gluck July 17, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Carmageddan ova! City did a tremendous job scaring the bageezus out of everyone which made the closure a big success!
Ian Taras, M.D.-Boutique GYN July 17, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Its OPEN! OMG! The contractor must not only been penalized for every minute it would run over, but also rewarded for every minute ahead of schedule it opened! I'm sorry to see the CARtastrophe & CARmageddon go! It was some of the BEST traffic LA has seen since the 1984 Olympics!
woodrow clark July 18, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Gary Gorlick July 18, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Kudos to our citizens for a job well done. We did it in 1984 and now in 2011. God fobid we have THE BIG ONE will we have the wherewithal to REALLY work together and overcome big-time challenges?
Ima Sellout July 18, 2011 at 09:49 PM
I agree with those giving congratulations to the people of Los Angeles. This was a collective action on the part of the people, who recognized the potential for serious gridlock citywide. To those who think Carmageddon was press-driven hysteria and hype, please know it was the awareness building that created such a successful and enjoyable weekend in the city.


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