WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — “Ramp Jam” is over, two weeks ahead of schedule.
The new freeway ramp at the Wilshire/I-405 Interchange opened at 6 a.m. Thursday as part of the ongoing Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, transportation officials said.
The new northbound “flyover” ramp ” is approximately three times the length of the original ramp, providing substantial increased capacity as well as key safety improvements for LA motorists,” officials said.
It had been closed since Aug. 22 when the old ramp, built in 1950, was demolished.
“Cars will be able to cue onto the ramps rather than being stuck on Wilshire at Sepulveda Boulevard, so it’s going to help keep traffic moving, keep cars off the streets,” Metro spokesperson Dave Sotero said.
The northbound ramp is the last of eight ramps in the Wilshire Interchange overhaul, impacting drivers for months.
“Its been a long time coming. Hopefully it works, hopefully it decreases the amount of traffic,” a driver said.
The ramp is expected to handle anticipated traffic loads until 2030.