It’s baaaaack!! This weekend, CalTrans will be shutting down a large section of the 405 freeway in order to demolish a portion of the Mullholland Bridge.
Part one of Carmageddon, which took place in July of 2011, went off without any major traffic issues since most people stayed off the roads.
This time around, will people do the same or will we ignore the warning? There’s no way to predict what will happen, but here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s closure!
Both sides of the 405 freeway will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30.
The northbound side will be shut down between the 10 and the 101 and the southbound side from Burbank Boulevard north of the 101 down to the Getty Center Drive on-ramp.
Carmageddon is just part of the Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project that will eventually widen the 405 freeway and add a carpool lane through the Sepulveda Pass.
Even though a full closure isn’t expected until midnight on Saturday morning, crews will start closing ramps as early as 7 p.m. on Friday. Individual lanes will begin closing at 10 p.m.
Ending early like last year isn’t likely because CalTrans has about 30% more work to do in the same amount of time.
As of now, the 405 is scheduled to re-open at 5 a.m. on Monday, just in time for the morning commute.
Sepulveda Boulevard will be open over the weekend, but officials warn that the alternate route is likely to take the brunt of the traffic.
Hundreds of businesses are offering discounts over the weekend. Check out Metro’s “Eat, Shop, and Play Locally” interactive map to find deals in your area or check out the full list of retailers here.
- Are you planning to brave the traffic this weekend? Tell us why or why not in the comments section!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles