LA's 'Carmageddon' bridge over I-405 opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The freeway bridge that was the centerpiece of Southern California 2011's "Carmageddon" and its 2012 sequel has finally been completed.

County and state transportation officials say the Mulholland Bridge over Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass opened for crossing at 6 a.m. Wednesday. A ceremony celebrating the opening is planned for later in the day.

Construction on half of the bridge brought the weekend-long shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the notoriously congested west-side freeway in the summer of 2011. The shutdown was dubbed "Carmageddon" in advance by officials warning drivers of possibly unprecedented gridlock, but motorists mostly stayed away and the project was finished quickly without major problems.

A year later a similar shutdown occurred for the other half of the bridge that spans I-405, with similar smooth results.