LA Westside 405 'Ramp Jam' ends after 2 months

An exit from the 405.
An exit from the 405.
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The "Ramp Jam" is finally over on the Westside. The Wilshire Boulevard onramp to the northbound 405 Freeway reopened Thursday after a two-month closure. 

This was the last ramp on that interchange that needed to be rebuilt. The ramp closure caused many headaches and complaints about gridlock from residents living near the freeway.

Metro spokesman Dave Sotero explained what's new about the newly rebuilt onramp.

"This particular ramp is a flyover ramp," Sotero said. "So it's three times as long as the former ramp, and it allows cars to more safely merge onto the I-405. So it's a key improvement, ... a lot more ability for vehicles to queue on the ramps rather than Sepulveda Boulevard or Wilshire Boulevard."

The ramp work was part of Metro's three-year, $1 billion 405 Freeway expansion project between the 10 and 101 freeways.