Countdown to Carmageddon

Road Closed
This sign will soon be on the 405

Get ready, L.A. LADOT and other area transportation agencies are putting out the word in advance that a busy stretch of the 405 Freeway will be shut down for the entire weekend of July 16-17. The 405 closure includes the Northbound 10-mile segment between the 10 and the 101, and a 4-mile Southbound 405 segment between the 101 and Getty Center Drive. According to LADOT’s announcement (click on “I-405 Closure” link in yellow box on upper left of above linked page), if motorists “do not have a critical need to be in or near the vicinity of the closure, they are being asked to avoid the area.” The announcement does, however, contain alternate route information.

The purpose of the July 405 closure is the demolition and rebuilding of the Mulholland Bridge, as part of the massive project to widen the 405 and add a Northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass. Many of us, obviously, have dealt with the nighttime lights and other aspects of this construction project for months, but that could be child’s play compared to the July shutdown.

So, will this be the great Carmageddon of 2011? Will thousands of “I Survived Carmageddon” t-shirts be sold? Will stories be told around campfires, or at least iPhones, for generations to come? Or will L.A.-ers simply go about their business and adapt to this disruption just as they adapt to earthquakes, fires, and Ed Hardy clothing?  We’ll see.

4 Replies to “Countdown to Carmageddon”

  1. Talk about a forced stay-cation! The S.O. and I are planning on renting a lot of movies and “camping” in our living room. I’d invite you all over for a BBQ but we live at the 10 and the 405! I can’t wait to go and take pictures of it being so empty, however!

  2. I may find myself having a critical need to bike there and check out how surreal a scene it will be to have such a roaring asphalt river run so completely dry… and maybe if I’m particularly daring to pedal upon it.

  3. I was just thinking how thankful I am that I live nowhere near there and rarely use the 405. It hadn’t occurred to me that it will also be a fantastic photo opportunity. Now I’m looking forward to Carmageddon. Thanks, y’all!

  4. Waze is a free download on any smartphone that gives real- time traffic data( and speed cams and traps) and will navigate you around traffic.

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