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'Ramp Jam' Gone, For Now

Caltrans opens two Wilshire Boulevard onramps to the San Diego Freeway ahead of schedule and in time for Labor Day.

The first two Wilshire Boulevard freeway ramps rebuilt as part of the $1 billion I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project were reopened Friday -- about three weeks earlier than planned and just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The westbound Wilshire Boulevard onramp to the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway was reopened, along with the northbound 405 Freeway offramp to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, said Dave Sotero of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The ramps -- which were closed on June 22 in what was dubbed "Ramp Jam" and "Rapture" -- had not been expected to be reopened until Sept. 22,
Sotero said. 

Six other Wilshire Boulevard ramps to be rebuilt at the interchange will be closed consecutively -- some two at a time -- for lengths between 14 and 90 days over the next year, Sotero said.

The next closures are not expected to start until November, and likely will be for 14 days. The dates will be announced later.

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project involves building a 10- mile carpool lane between the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to improve the notoriously congested Sepulveda Pass.

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