Motorists are hoping that a widened connector from the San Diego Freeway to the Ventura Freeway, which opens today, will improve one of the region's busiest interchanges.
A second lane has been added to the transition from the northbound 405 to the eastbound 101. It had been open on a limited basis for the past week as work crews finished striping lanes and installing signs.
Although the extra lane won't cure the interchange's notorious congestion, it's a welcome improvement, said one community leader.
"In my opinion, it was a necessary correction to make. It was a terrible bottleneck," said Ken Gerston, chairman of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.
The $6.5-million project is one of several improvements completed or planned for the interchange, which was built in 1956 to handle 200,000 vehicles a day but now accommodates 530,000.