A mile-long stretch of the northbound San Diego Freeway in the San Fernando Valley was reopened to traffic shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, almost 17 hours after it was closed because a bag containing asbestos fell off a flatbed truck and spilled onto the roadway.
Traffic was backed up for several miles and surface streets were more congested than usual during the afternoon rush hour Friday, but officials reported no other problems associated with the freeway's closure.
"We rerouted traffic off the freeway at Sherman Way, but after that people were on their own," said California Highway Patrol Officer Andy Gutierrez. "Motorists seemed to do a good job of finding other ways home."
At its peak, traffic was backed up past Mulholland Drive and into West Los Angeles. Traffic on southbound lanes also slowed to a crawl.