If you're already in LA, you've probably heard all about Carmageddon - the gridlock predicted to result from a 53 hour closure of the 405 freeway on July 16-17. A ten-mile stretch of the freeway between the 10 and the 101 freeways will be shut down to demolish the Mulholland Bridge over the Sepulveda Pass, which is the area through the Santa Monica Mountains that connects the LA Basin to the San Fernando Valley.
If you're not already in LA, you might want to plan your trip for any other weekend. If your plans can't be changed and you will be in town, the best bet is to stick close to your hotel, or working from the other direction, make sure you have a hotel close to the sights you want to see, and choose attractions that are as far away from the 405 freeway as possible.
There are some fun events going on that weekend, including the LA Street Food Fest Summer Tasting in Pasadena and the Bastille Day Celebration in Elysian Park, but if you're planning to attend, you might as well plan a weekend in that neighborhood and avoid being on the road as much as possible.
The I-405 freeway closure boundaries for the July 16-17 weekend are:
- Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
- Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramps
Ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to be shut down at 7 pm Friday, July 15, 2011 and freeway lanes will start closing down at 10 pm with the full freeway closed by midnight. Ramps and connectors are scheduled to begin letting traffic back on the freeway by 6 am. Get more information on the 405 closure from www.metro.net.
For your amusement, here is a link to some videos warning of LA's Coming Carmageddon.