Tuesday, February 18
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Traffic is flowing again on a stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County that was shut down for construction, raising the threat of a holiday weekend "Jamzilla" that never materialized.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Mark Littman says the freeway and on-ramps were reopened at about 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, in time for the workday rush.
Motorists mostly avoided the area where repaving continued as part of a project to add carpool lanes to the notoriously choked freeway.
The fears about "Jamzilla"-sized traffic snarls were reminiscent of several years ago, when gridlock from a closure dubbed "Carmageddon" did not occur because drivers heeded pleas to stay off the roads.
California Department of Transportation manager John Yang says by staying away again this time, drivers "defeated the traffic monster that threatened our city."