L.A. Plans 405 Shutdown, Drivers Predict Carmageddon

June 8, 2011

The ever-congested 405 Freeway in Los Angeles will be closed for 53 hours over a weekend in July, and drivers and hyperactive media are predicting a traffic "Carmageddon" in a city already known for paralyzing traffic at the oddest hours of the day.

The section of Interstate 405 in West L.A. between LAX and the San Fernando Valley has long been known as a traffic-snarled mess to residents. The drive has been made more daunting in the past year due to construction widening the freeway to create carpool lanes through the Sepulveda Pass. 

Come the third weekend in July, the entire freeway will be closed to traffic. Starting at 10 p.m. on July 15th, the CHP will shut down the 405 from the I-10 freeway interchange in West Los Angeles to the connector to the 101 freeway in Sherman Oaks, in order to demolish the Mulholland Drive Bridge connecting Brentwood to Bel Air.  The 10-mile stretch of freeway will re-open at 5 a.m. Monday the 18th, in time for the morning rush hour.

According to the Metro website, motorists can expect hours-long delays in the area. The only nearby surface-street alternatives from the Valley to West Los Angeles is Sepulveda Boulevard, which parallels the freeway, or Beverly Glen through Bel Air--both of which no doubt will be snarled from the closure. 

Metro advises Los Angelenos to "Plan Ahead, Avoid The Area, Or Stay Home." If you're visiting L.A. that weekend, for sure, you'll want to make other plans, too.

[photo via Metro.net on Facebook]
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