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How to Survive Carmageddon Part 2

Last summer, a 10 mile span of the 405 freeway was closed for 1 weekend. This year, the same closure will occur again from September 29-30.

What’s Closed: I-405 North from I-10 to US-101, and I-405 South from US-101 to Getty Center Drive

What’s Happening: The North side of the Mulholland Bridge will be demolished, and will be rebuilt over the course of the next year.

Start Time: Ramp closures starting at 7pm on Friday, September 28
End Time: Freeway opening scheduled for 5am on Monday, October 1

Heavy publicity for the 2011 closure resulted in most motorists staying off the roads. However, Los Angeles city officials worry that complacency will cause many to resume their normal driving patterns, which could lead to serious gridlock, and even issues with emergency vehicles getting through.

How to Cope: Plan ahead and stay local – take the bus, walk, or ride a bike. Only use a car if it is an absolute emergency. Run any errands that require a car before the weekend, so that you don’t find yourself without what you need at home.

PSA From Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

So what can you do during Carmageddon 2? Plenty!

Metro has created a great map of local businesses that are offering discounts or special events during Carmageddon weekend. Click on the picture to check out what’s brewing in your neighborhood:

Additional Resources:
Things to Do When the 405 is Closed

Check back with us for more updates as Carmageddon 2 draws closer.

Carmageddon 2012 Delayed Until Late Summer

It appears that Carmageddon 2012 has been delayed until late summer due to construction delays and rising construction costs.

Still, no date has been set, which obviously presents challenges to those making travel plans and other arrangements.

Check back with us for more information, as well tips to avoid the congestion, as the summer progresses.

When is Carmageddon 2012?

With the impending “Rampture” caused by the Wilshire 405 ramp closures, everyone is wondering when Carmageddon Part 2 will take place.

In 2011, a 10 mile stretch of the 405 freeway was closed for a weekend, and thankfully the publicity was good enough to keep drivers off the roads. Los Angeles streets were less congested than normal, even despite the freeway closure.

Metro officials haven’t released the date for 2012’s “Carmageddon,” when the north side of the Mulholland Bridge will be demolished. At about this time last year, the date for the 2011 Carmageddon was known to everyone, so it’s a bit surprising that a date has not been announced. All signs point to a weekend sometime in Summer 2012, but beyond that, it is hard to say.

We’ll be following Carmageddon closely, so check back with us for the latest coverage, as well as our tips on staying safe & sane during the 405 freeway closures. Our coverage of this and last year’s Carmageddon events can be found here.

In the meantime, are you prepared for the Rampture?

Everything You Need to Know About the 405 Closure July 15-18 (UPDATED)

From Friday, July 15 to Monday, July 18, the southern half of the Mulholland Bridge which crosses over the 405 freeway will be demolished (with reconstruction taking place over the next 11 months). The 405 freeway will be closed during this time, and anyone living in or visiting the Los Angeles area can expect severe, multi-hour delays on local freeways and surface streets.

405 Closure Facts

  • Start: Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • End: Monday, July 18, 5:00 a.m
  • Northbound 405: Closed between I-10 and U.S. 101
  • Southbound 405: Closed between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramp

Things to Know About Alternate Routes During this Closure

  • Sepulveda Boulevard: Intended as alternate route for local resident access only. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate freeways to completely bypass the Sepulveda Pass.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Sepulveda: Reduced by one center lane in each direction (center lanes have temporarily become left turn lanes).
  • Mulholland Drive: Closed at endpoints of Mulholland Bridge.
  • Pacific Coast Highway: An ongoing construction project from Temescal Canyon Road to Entrada Drive will result in a reduced number of southbound lanes on PCH through August, further contributing to gridlock. (UPDATE: These lanes will be opened for July 16 and 17 ONLY)
  • Church Lane (south): Closed between Sunset Boulevard and Kiel Street throughout the summer.
  • Roscomare Road, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Benedict Canyon Drive, and Coldwater Canyon Drive: While no closures are planned on these roads, expect extremely heavy traffic during the 405 closure weekend.

Planned Closures of Businesses/Attractions

  • The Getty Center: Closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17
  • The Skirball Cultural Center: Closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17
  • Some banks, restaurants, and other businesses in the area may be closed; call ahead before attempting to brave traffic.

How to Cope

  • Best idea: Avoid travel altogether and stay home. We have a few ideas for things to keep you busy here.
  • Encourage out-of-town guests to visit another weekend.
  • Walk or bike: You can use Google Maps to help you find the estimated travel time if you walk or bike. You might be surprised by just how quickly you can get around without a car.
  • Take the Metro: The Metro Red, Purple, Orange Lines, and some bus lines (below) will be free to all passengers during the closure weekend. While other Metro services will collect normal fares, there will be extra buses running, particularly on east-west streets.
  • 2 Downtown LA-Pacific Palisades via Sunset Bl
    4 Downtown LA-West Hollywood-Santa Monica via Santa Monica Bl
    20 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Wilshire Bl
    33 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Venice Bl
    150 Canoga Park-Universal Ciy Station via Ventura Bl
    152 Woodland Hills-North Hollywood Station via Fallbrook Av
    155 Sherman Oaks-Burbank Station via Riverside Dr, Olive Av
    156 Van Nuys-Hollywood-Panorama City-Chatsworth Station-Sherman Oaks via Devonshire St
    158 Woodman Av
    161 Thousand Oaks Transit Center-Warner Center
    183 Sherman Oaks-Glendale Station via San Fernando Road
    224 Lankershim Bl
    230 Sylmar Station – Studio City via Laurel Canyon Bl
    233 Lake View Terrace-Sherman Oaks via Van Nuys Bl
    234 Mission College-Sherman Oaks via Sepulveda Bl, Brand Bls
    236 Sylmar Station-Encino via Glenoaks Bl, Balboa Bl
    240 Northridge via Reseda Bl
    242 Porter Ranch-Woodland Hills via Tampa Av
    243 Porter Ranch – Woodland Hills via Winnetka Av
    244 Chatsworth Station-Woodland Hills via De Soto Av
    245 Topanga Canyon Bl
    656 Van Nuys/Hollywood Owl
    704 Metro Rapid Santa Monica
    720 Metro Rapid Wilshire
    733 Metro Rapid Venice
    761 Metro Rapid Van Nuys-Westwood (Note: buses will be using Sepulveda Bl between Ventura Bl and Getty Center Dr. Expect extended travel times between Sherman Oaks and Westwood).
    Metro Orange Line
    Metro Red/Purple Line
  • If you must travel by car: Check services like Google Maps and Waze for local traffic updates BEFORE leaving home. These can help you find the best alternate route. However, you should still expect severe delays wherever you go.
  • If you’re traveling by car, be sure to fill up your gas tank several days before July 15. The last thing you want is to run out of gas in stop-and-go traffic. Keeping a few bottles of water and snacks in the car is also a good idea.
  • If you’re flying into or out of a Los Angeles Area airport: Expect to add significant additional travel time between the airport and your next destination.
  • Do your research. The I-405 Improvements Project is not limited to the Mulholland Bridge closure; there are already aspects of the project underway that have affected local traffic. For a total list of street and lane closures, click here.

If You’re on or Near the UCLA Campus During the Closure Weekend

  • Please note: The UCLA campus will be closed to through traffic. Only individuals who are staying on campus or conducting official campus business will be allowed through.
  • If you’re staying on campus and have free time, take advantage of all that Westwood Village has to offer. Travel there by foot, bus, or bike.
Helpful Links

How UCLA is Preparing for Carmageddon (UCLA Today)
Roads to Avoid When 405 Closes (LA Times)
Access to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Things to Do When the 405 is Closed July 15-18

From 7pm on July 15 to 5am on July 18, the 405 freeway will be closed from the I-10 to the 101. Yes…closed! But what some experts are calling “Carmageddon” can be a great opportunity for Angelinos to explore their neighborhoods. Here are some ideas to keep you busy:

  1. Take a walk around your neighborhood! It’s great exercise, and you can finally stop at that café that you drive by daily but always forget to try.
  2. Have a barbeque. There’s never a bad time to grill up some meat (or veggie burgers, if that’s your style)!
  3. Read a book. Or two. Put a dent in that summer reading list!
  4. Make art with sidewalk chalk. You’re never too old!
  5. Patronize local businesses. You know all those small mom-and-pop shops that you usually pass over for the megastore 5 miles away? Why don’t you give them a try? You might find just the thing you’ve been looking for.
  6. Ride your bike. Always remember to use designated bike lanes and to use your helmet!
  7. Cook up a great meal with friends or family. If you need to brush up on your cooking skills, there’s no better time than when the route to your favorite restaurant is jammed with cars!
  8. Take on a home improvement project you’ve been putting off. That flower bed isn’t going to re-plant itself!
  9. Meet some neighbors at your local park. You can play basketball, go down the slide (we won’t judge!), or even go for a run if your gym isn’t within walking distance.
  10. Make crafts with your kids, walk your dog, make faces at your fish, or play with your cat.

If you’re on campus for the weekend, either as a student or a visitor, you have lots of options. You could take a stroll in UCLA’s beautiful Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, go for a swim or toss a frisbee at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, or walk down to Westwood Village for some great shopping. For more ideas on what to do at UCLA, click here.