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    Carmageddon!

    This weekend, July 16th and 17th, Los Angeles will be closing down the 405 freeway for a 10 mile stretch to widen the Mulholland Bridge from 4 lanes to 5! They have penned this closure "Carmageddon"! Businesses are panicking saying they will lose so much business in the one weekend period it will hurt their sales for the month. They have even brought Erik Estrada (Who?) out of retirement to do a public service announcement. Some officials have even scared the public into saying this closure could shut the 405 all the way down to the mexican border. Then, if that's not enough they will be doing this again in a few weeks to do the south side of the bridge. Would you stay home that weekend or just say Hiogwash and maneuver your way through side streets to get your Big Mac that is calling your name!

    http://thecityfix.com/blog/carmagedd...traffic-chaos/
    "I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DollyPardonMe View Post
    This weekend, July 16th and 17th, Los Angeles will be closing down the 405 freeway for a 10 mile stretch to widen the Mulholland Bridge from 4 lanes to 5! They have penned this closure "Carmageddon"! Businesses are panicking saying they will lose so much business in the one weekend period it will hurt their sales for the month. They have even brought Erik Estrada (Who?) out of retirement to do a public service announcement. Some officials have even scared the public into saying this closure could shut the 405 all the way down to the mexican border. Then, if that's not enough they will be doing this again in a few weeks to do the south side of the bridge. Would you stay home that weekend or just say Hiogwash and maneuver your way through side streets to get your Big Mac that is calling your name!

    http://thecityfix.com/blog/carmagedd...traffic-chaos/
    Wouldn't you know we have to drive into the city on Saturday to pick up our daughter in Long Beach? I'm pretending the effects won't be felt so far South, but they don't call it the "Four or Five MPH Freeway" for nothing!

    On the second evening of the L.A. Riots in the early 90s, it took me so long to get down the 405 from UCLA to Venice that I finally gave up and drove my jeep over the curb and down the side of an overpass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Wouldn't you know we have to drive into the city on Saturday to pick up our daughter in Long Beach? I'm pretending the effects won't be felt so far South, but they don't call it the "Four or Five MPH Freeway" for nothing!

    On the second evening of the L.A. Riots in the early 90s, it took me so long to get down the 405 from UCLA to Venice that I finally gave up and drove my jeep over the curb and down the side of an overpass.
    Yeah, hopefully Long Beach will be safe!
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    That's why I love my small little town. A traffic jam is 20 cars. Waiting at a light for more than ten minutes is an outrage. If you do get caught in a traffic jam it's so beautiful you just look around for 9 minutes and then you're off. Well enjoy California, I'll be thinking about you as I'm going 65 down the highway.
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    Carmageddon - 405 Closure Construction Cam

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/feature?...FRE3gwodHwZF0Q


    If they don't make their deadline the contractor is being charged a HUGE sum.Like 72K per hour or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Wouldn't you know we have to drive into the city on Saturday to pick up our daughter in Long Beach? I'm pretending the effects won't be felt so far South, but they don't call it the "Four or Five MPH Freeway" for nothing!

    On the second evening of the L.A. Riots in the early 90s, it took me so long to get down the 405 from UCLA to Venice that I finally gave up and drove my jeep over the curb and down the side of an overpass.
    It is beautiful along the coast this weekend, take 241 to 133 stop at the Sawdust Festival then go up PCH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    Carmageddon - 405 Closure Construction Cam

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/feature?...FRE3gwodHwZF0Q


    If they don't make their deadline the contractor is being charged a HUGE sum.Like 72K per hour or something like that.
    isn't there just a little bit of you that gets pissed off that they CAN do something like this in a weekend? Instead of the way it's normally done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DollyPardonMe View Post
    This weekend, July 16th and 17th, Los Angeles will be closing down the 405 freeway for a 10 mile stretch to widen the Mulholland Bridge from 4 lanes to 5! They have penned this closure "Carmageddon"! Businesses are panicking saying they will lose so much business in the one weekend period it will hurt their sales for the month. They have even brought Erik Estrada (Who?) out of retirement to do a public service announcement. Some officials have even scared the public into saying this closure could shut the 405 all the way down to the mexican border. Then, if that's not enough they will be doing this again in a few weeks to do the south side of the bridge. Would you stay home that weekend or just say Hiogwash and maneuver your way through side streets to get your Big Mac that is calling your name!

    http://thecityfix.com/blog/carmagedd...traffic-chaos/
    I wonder if the people up in LA know that the 405 doesn't go all the way to Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie09 View Post
    I wonder if the people up in LA know that the 405 doesn't go all the way to Mexico?
    LOL - that's what I thought. Living in San Diego because the 5 ends (or begins) in Orange County then turns into the 5. Once you get to Carmel Valley it splits with the 5 and 805 -- which routes lead to Mexico.

    The 405 is is a major north–south Interstate Highway in Southern California. It is a bypass of Interstate 5, running along the western areas of the Greater Los Angeles Area from Irvine to near San Fernando.

    Not even close to Mexico - LOL.

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    ETA a friend of mine had to take someone to LAX today. 1 way trip was 4 hours! EGADS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie09 View Post
    I wonder if the people up in LA know that the 405 doesn't go all the way to Mexico?
    In the age of the Internet, why do people lie about easily verifiable facts?
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    Question

    How long is Carmaggeddon supposed to last? I'm coming down to So. Cal the 2nd week in August. Will it be over by then??? P.S. the strip by Mulholland Drive/Westwood is always bad! A good alternative is Sepulveda Blvd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinasK View Post
    How long is Carmaggeddon supposed to last? I'm coming down to So. Cal the 2nd week in August. Will it be over by then??? P.S. the strip by Mulholland Drive/Westwood is always bad! A good alternative is Sepulveda Blvd.
    Word is the freeway will open back up before Monday morning commute at 5:00 AM. I expect to see some lingering effects for a couple days.

    It's nice to hear that most people hunkered down and avoided the freeways thus far. It's not turning into the nightmare many expected. By far Friday has been the worst, with everyone trying to get in/out before construction.

    it seemed like the crisis of “Carmageddon,” as it was called, might end up being averted, or at least exaggerated.

    Mel

    As the mayor’s helicopter circled low over the bridge, the extent of the demolition was clear and city officials said they were hopeful that construction crews would be done before the goal of 5 a.m. Monday.

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    You know, the rest of the world can laugh, but after living in Los Angeles for two decades I can assure you Los Angelenos are very much in on the joke of "Carmageddon."

    Yet compared to drivers in NYC, in my experience, LA drivers do try to heed warnings and, when possible, avoid gridlock.

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    The bridge is open!! Just heard a news person call it Carmaheaven! I guess everyone listened to the warnings and stayed home which made the bridge being rebuilt in record time a success!!

    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-16/u...pital?_s=PM:US
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    wow, much like Y2K, seems as if the catastrophic effects anticipated were greatly overestimated, lol. Glad ya'll survived Carmegedon

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