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Second Day of "Jamzilla" Is Less Monstrous

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(FOX 11/CNS) - Jamzilla, Day Two unfolded with minimal delays
on-schedule construction work, Metro officials said today. And a change in
wording on electronic warning signs apparently eased traffic jams on the Santa
Monica (10) Freeway.

Traffic was flowing freely on the six southbound and three northbound
lanes open on the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass at
midmorning. The five hour overnight closure of the northbound lanes ended a
half hour early, at 6:30 a.m. today.

Today's early efforts concentrated on repaving the northbound 405
roadway near Getty Center, which was done on schedule, Metro spokesman Dave
Sotero said.

But the major task remains for today and tonight, as crews dug up the
center median of the 405 near Ventura Boulevard. It is being shifted 20 feet
west, and the entire northbound pavement will be dug up and replaced during the
next two overnight closures.

Saturday saw a huge traffic jam on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, where
electronic signs advised that two lanes on the northbound 405 were open in
Sepulveda Pass. While that was true, the signs failed to note that transition
roads from the 10 to the 405 north were closed because of Jamzilla, and there
was no direct connection from the 10 to the pass.

That apparently contributed to observed swerving and confusion on the 10
at the 405 all day Saturday. At one point, traffic on the westbound 10 was
backed up from La Cienega Boulevard to the ramp blockades at the 405.

Today, the electronic signs on the 10 said ramps to the 405 north were
closed. There was no congestion observed at the 10/405 interchange, although
Sunday morning traffic was negligible in all directions.

Metro has announced that the 10's connectors to the northbound 405
would remain closed until the end of Jamzilla at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The
California Highway Patrol recommended extending the connector road closures,
citing driver safety and the impact to traffic on the 405, according to Metro.


At midnight tonight, all lanes of the northbound 405 will close and stay
closed until 5 a.m. Monday. The same pattern is planned for Monday night and
Tuesday morning.


In addition to the paving tonight, crews will also shift the center
median 20 feet to the west for about 1,000 feet, in the area where the San
Diego Freeway winds down into the San Fernando Valley. That section of pavement
is badly cracked, and will become the roadbed for the new pavement.


Advice, updates and details on the freeway closure are available at
http://www.lawa.org/405 and motorists can also access a Jamzilla hotline by
calling 5-1-1 and saying "Jamzilla" or by visiting http://www.go511.com.

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