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Metro Reopens Mulholland Bridge After 2.5-Year Closure

LOS ANGELES ( — The new Mulholland Bridge reopened Wednesday after a nearly three-year closure due to construction with the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

Contractors removed the final cones at 6 a.m., allowing for motorists to use both the east and westbound lanes over the I-405 Freeway.

"The iconic bridge, known internationally for two 'Carmageddon' bridge demolitions that closed down 10 miles of the I-405 in 2011 and 2012, will be opened to full capacity, marking another milestone in the ongoing delivery of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project," LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said.

'Carmageddon' Bridge Reopens Over 405 Freeway

The new bridge, which is 608 feet long, is seismically upgraded and 10 feet wider than its predecessor, Metro said.

The $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is expected to be completed by mid-2014.

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