LOS ANGELES (AP/CBSLA.com) — A contractor is suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over delays and cost overruns connected to the massive Interstate 405 widening project in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit from contracting firm Kiewit alleges the county transportation agency caused “massive amounts of extra work” on the $1 billion project, according to The Daily News.

Nebraska-based Kiewit is the sole contractor on the new carpool lane, which opened in May and connects the 10 and 101 Freeways along the 405.

The company is seeking in excess of $400 million for out-of-pocket costs, according to court documents. The contractor wants an independent review board to evaluate its claims against Metro.

In a statement, Metro said it continues to negotiate in good faith with Kiewit to resolve specific outstanding claims under terms of its contract.

More than 300,000 vehicle travel through the Sepulveda Pass daily, making the 405 the nation’s busiest freeway.

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