LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Sunset Boulevard Bridge fully reopened to drivers at 7 a.m. Monday morning.
The bridge, which was closed for approximately two years, is now 30 feet wider with two additional lanes as well as dedicated freeway access lanes.
“They’re gonna have improved capacity on the on and off ramps . . . it’s gonna be great for commuters going to UCLA, Santa Monica and Brentwood,” said Marc Littman of METRO.
The bridge, servicing 18,000 to 22,000 drivers daily, was also seismically upgraded.
Monday’s reopening is part of the $1 billion I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.
“Carmageddon II” is scheduled for Sept. 28-30.
The 53-hour closure affecting the 405 Freeway in both directions across the Sepulveda Pass will allow for the demolition of the north side of the bridge.
“At the end of 2013, you’re gonna have a continuous carpool lane in both directions of the 405 from the San Fernando Valley to Orange County,” Littman said.
Freeway lanes and three bridges will also be widened, in addition to better on and off ramp capacity for vehicles.
The closure begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.