Here’s some progress that drivers will benefit from: an initial 1.7 mile widening segment of the northbound 405 will open tomorrow, Friday, at 5 a.m., from just south of the 10 to near Santa Monica Blvd. The lane will eventually be an HOV lane, but during the delays on the the rest of the project, this new lane segment will be open to all drivers.
Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky’s blog acknowledges that the project has been “buffeted by high-profile delays and escalating frustration levels among motorists”. The blog details the current plan for opening the HOV lane on the rest of the project (which should have happened in the entirety this month):
A second, 1.4 mile stretch to Wilshire Boulevard will open next month, while the northernmost segment is expected to open later this year. The middle segment, where most of the delays have occurred, is slated to open in 2014.
Here’s more info on tomorrow’s opening, from the 405 Project team: