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New lanes open on 405 Freeway through Westside

November 9, 2009 |  6:19 am

After five years of construction, commuters this morning are using new lanes along the 405 Freeway built as part of a widening project.

New carpool and exit lanes made their debut on the southbound 405 Freeway between the 10 and 90 freeways over the weekend. The existing traffic lanes were also widened as part of the project.

It's part of a larger effort to widen the 405 Freeway through the Westside, eventually bringing seamless carpool lanes along the freeway between Orange County and the Valley. Lanes northbound between the 10 and 90 are expected to open in the coming weeks.

The widening project, which cost $167 million, comes to one of Southern California's most congested freeways. The nearly $1-billion widening of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass is about to begin.

-- Shelby Grad

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