LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The new Mulholland Bridge reopened Wednesday after a nearly three-year closure due to construction with the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

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Contractors removed the final cones at 6 a.m., allowing for motorists to use both the east and westbound lanes over the I-405 Freeway.

“The iconic bridge, known internationally for two ‘Carmageddon’ bridge demolitions that closed down 10 miles of the I-405 in 2011 and 2012, will be opened to full capacity, marking another milestone in the ongoing delivery of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project,” LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said.

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The new bridge, which is 608 feet long, is seismically upgraded and 10 feet wider than its predecessor, Metro said.

The $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is expected to be completed by mid-2014.

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