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New carpool lane on Interstate 405 in LA opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles commuters who dealt with traffic tie-ups, lane re-routings and warnings over gridlock events dubbed “Carmageddon” and “Jamzilla” have been rewarded with a new 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405.

The California Highway Patrol says the long-awaited stretch between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway was opened before dawn Friday.

The full carpool route runs for 70 miles from southern Orange County into the San Fernando Valley, matching the existing carpool lane on the southbound side.

Transit officials say some work remains but most of the four-year Sepulveda Pass project is now complete. The $1.1 billion in improvements to Interstate 405 also included higher-capacity on- and off-ramps and bridges that meet seismic standards.

The 405 carries about 300,000 vehicles a day, a number that officials expect to grow by nearly 50 percent by 2025.

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