Drivers mostly avoid 'Jamzilla' and I-405 work

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Jamzilla" hasn't lived up to its name — at least so far.

Drivers over the holiday weekend mostly avoided a stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County, where repaving is continuing as part of a project to add carpool lanes to the notoriously choked freeway.

Officials say the job is on schedule and the freeway and on-ramps should be open fully by 6 a.m. Tuesday, in time for the workday rush.

Workers are repaving nearly six miles of northbound lanes over the Sepulveda Pass connecting West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

There should be minimal impact on southbound lanes.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Dave Sotero Monday thanked motorists for staying away.

Planners practically begged drivers to avoid the area, fearing what was nicknamed a "Jamzilla" of traffic.