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Mar 3, 2013 3:02 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Interstate 405 in LA reopened ahead of schedule

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Transportation officials say construction work on Los Angeles' busiest freeway went ahead of schedule and they have reopened all northbound lanes of Interstate 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.

It wasn't quite the "Carmageddon" of traffic jams, but the closure of three of five lanes between the Montana Avenue and Getty Center exits caused traffic to back up for miles Saturday in West Los Angeles.

All lanes were reopened just after midnight Sunday, some 29 hours ahead of schedule.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the lanes were supposed to close through 5 a.m. Monday.

The freeway was shut so crews could move the center median, repave and restripe a 2.4-mile stretch of the 405 as part of a $1 billion reconstruction project.

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