Finally, something gets better on the 405

Sunset-Bridge-new-metro.jpgNo, Carmageddon II is still coming this weekend. (Just avoid needing to cross the Santa Monica Mountains between the Valley and the Westside and you'll be fine.) But the people behind Carmageddon had a ceremony out along the 405 freeway this morning to reopen the rebuilt Sunset Boulevard bridge. That's the first bridge to be finished, or nearly so, as part of the massive widening, upgrade and carpool-lane project that has been afflicting traffic on the 405 for a couple of years already with more to come.

Here's some video of the morning event via Metro's blog The Source:

The Carmageddon closure, as everyone should know by now, is to take down the Mulholland Drive bridge that towers over the highest point in Sepulveda Pass. Half of the bridge was torn down last summer and rebuilt over the past year. Now they need to stop traffic for the entire weekend and demolish the other half.

Photo: Ned Racine/Metro

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