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405 Freeway widening to cause delays through Sepulveda Pass

Drivers traveling through the Sepulveda Pass starting Monday will have to contend with extra traffic and delays as the $1 billion 405 Freeway widening project continues.

The same project prompted the two "Carmageddon" closures of the freeway.

This time, Sepulveda Boulevard in both directions between Montana Avenue and Church Lane will be affected. The closures begin at 9 a.m. Monday and will last for seven days.

That stretch of Sepulveda will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the day and will be completely closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Road crews will be working to smooth out the grade difference between the new roadway and the old one, KTLA-TV reported.

The new Sepulveda Boulevard alignment slices through a hill east of the freeway, where a large retaining wall has been built. Moving Sepulveda to the east and changing its grade will allow for a new carpool lane and auxiliary exit lanes on the northbound 405.

Once Sepulveda is relocated, workers will build the new northbound lanes, Metro officials told the TV station.


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