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New carpool lane on Interstate 405 in LA opens

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Photo - Los Angeles city officials hold an Interstate 405 banner after announcing the car pool lane opening, higher-capacity on- and off-ramps and bridges that meet seismic standards at the Getty Center in Los Angeles Friday, May. 23, 2014. Los Angeles city officials from left, are, City Attorney Mike Feurer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, council members, Paul Koretz, and Tom LaBonge.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles city officials hold an Interstate 405 banner after announcing the car pool lane opening, higher-capacity on- and off-ramps and bridges that meet seismic standards at the Getty Center in Los Angeles Friday, May. 23, 2014. Los Angeles city officials from left, are, City Attorney Mike Feurer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, council members, Paul Koretz, and Tom LaBonge. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles commuters who dealt with traffic tie-ups, lane re-routings and warnings over gridlock-riddled weekends dubbed "Carmageddon" and "Jamzilla" have been rewarded with a new 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405.

The California Highway Patrol says the long-awaited stretch between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway opened before dawn Friday.

The full carpool route runs for 70 miles from southern Orange County into the San Fernando Valley, matching the existing carpool lane on the southbound side.

Transit officials say some work remains but most of the four-year Sepulveda Pass project is now complete. The $1.1 billion in improvements also included higher-capacity on- and off-ramps and bridges that meet seismic standards.

The 405 carries about 300,000 vehicles a day, a number officials expect will grow nearly 50 percent by 2025.

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