Jamzilla update #1, 8:30 a.m. Saturday

As we’ve been preaching, begging and imploring, please avoid the northbound 405 freeway today in the Sepulveda Pass area with repaving work now underway.

The 405 over the pass simply can not handle the usual amount of heavy traffic that it sees on a normal Saturday — when everyone is out running errands, etc. To avoid a big traffic mess this afternoon, please just stay away.

As of 8:30 a.m., here’s a look at traffic on Google Maps: 

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And a photo taken earlier when traffic was still light — the northbound lanes are the near ones:

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

More on the Jamzilla 80-hour northbound closures are here. We’ll be providing updates throughout the weekend.