The day was not hassle-free. Syrupy, but moving, traffic was reported along detour routes that helped drivers navigate around the closed strip of Interstate 405. As many as 300,000 vehicles pass through the stretch of freeway on a typical weekend day.
``You can't shut down a mainline freeway and not have some kind of traffic delay,'' said state Transportation Department spokesman David Richardson. ``But they were minimal.''
The work along a 4-mile strip of I-405 in
The southbound lanes reopened at about , more than two hours ahead of schedule. The northbound side followed about an hour later, although it took longer to clear some ramps.
Extensive publicity before the construction work apparently persuaded most drivers to stay away from the area.
Workers helming cranes and bulldozers began ripping up the 700-foot bridge Saturday night. The demolition is part of a $277 million project to link carpool lanes between the freeways.
The shutdown is the latest freeway closure in
The closure of a section of I-405 in Los Angeles in 2011, followed by a similar shutdown there last year, did not result in what was dubbed ``carmageddon.'' At the time, motorists heeded months of warnings to stay off the roads, and the traffic was unusually light.
Later Sunday, a section of freeway in
State transportation workers plan to shut both sides of the busy interstate at Sunday through Monday. The closure will run from state Route 905 near San Ysidro to Route 54 in