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I-405 Sepulveda Pass Project

THE PROJECT
A 10-mile northbound HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle, or carpool) lane will be constructed on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) to the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101). Additional improvements include: realigning existing on- and off- ramps, removing, replacing and constructing new bridge and ramp structures, building approximately 18 miles of retaining and sound walls, and performing road improvements on adjacent city streets.
SUMMARY
Interstate 405 is one of the principal north-south interstate highways in Southern California. Heavily traveled by commuters, I-405 has earned its place as one of the busiest freeways in the United States. The Sepulveda Pass section of I-405 serves hundreds of thousands of commuters between the major urban centers in the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and is the last remaining gap in the I-405 HOV lane system between I-10 and U.S. 101. When completed, the lane will significantly improve traffic flow for northbound commuters. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) developed this project in partnership. Metro is the lead agency for project implementation while Caltrans will provide design approvals and construction oversight.
BENEFITS
This project is expected to create 18,000 jobs during construction. Once built, the improvements will ease congestion, increase mobility by moving twice as many people as a regular use lane, decrease commute times for all drivers, enhance safety, reduce air pollution and promote ridesharing.
COST
$1.34 billion
STATUS
For more information regarding the I-405 Sepulveda Pass project, including maps and detour information, please visit http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/
SCHEDULE
Construction began spring, 2009. Anticipated completion is spring, 2013


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