Carmageddon: The 405 freeway shutdown


A large swath of the 405 Freeway will be shut down this weekend beginning Friday evening in what's been dubbed "Carmageddon" by Angelenos sensitive to the massive traffic jams it may cause. Northbound lanes will be closed from the 110 and 101 Freeways and Southbound lanes will be shut between 101 and the Getty Center Drive ramps. Los Angeles city officials advised motorists to avoid the area over the weekend. Crews will work to demolish a portion of the Mulholland Bridge that spans the 405 as part of their ongoing efforts to expand the freeway. Stay tuned to KPCC for more updates, share your photos and thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook, and become a source for KPCC's Carmageddon coverage throughout the weekend!


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Check back here for live updates on traffic conditions, closures, and whatever happens, or doesn't happen, during the 53-hour-long shutdown of the 405 between the 10 and the 101.


Current Traffic Map & Carmageddon Events

Places to go, and places to avoid this Carmageddon weekend. A comprehensive overview of traffic jams, special events, hotel deals and happy hours throughout Los Angeles.


KPCC Coverage of the 405 Shutdown

Carmageddon over early, 405 to reopen on Sunday afternoon

A Metro spokesperson says the 405 will reopen sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, 15-plus hours earlier than scheduled.


Is Los Angeles ready for 'Carmageddon'?

L.A. County Metro officials say they're ready for this weekend’s shutdown of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 interchanges. Are the rest of us ready for "Carmageddon"? Metro spokesman Marc Littman offers his thoughts.



405 shutdown this weekend: on the brink of Carmageddon

Carmageddon is upon us. Tonight at 7pm, Caltrans crews will begin the process of shutting down on-ramps on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways. By 10pm, freeway connectors will be closed, and by midnight, the ten-mile stretch of the San Diego Freeway will be closed to traffic. Closed until, if all goes well, about 6am on Monday morning. Meanwhile, residents are quaking at the thought of a weekend of gridlock. Or worse.



Southland businesses plan to capitalize on Carmageddon hype

The Carmageddon clock is ticking. Late tonight, Caltrans will close the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass for 53 hours so crews can chip away at the southern end of the Mulholland Bridge. Officials have given motorists fair warning to find alternate routes or stay home. But not everyone’s urging people to stay away.



The 405’s closing down tonight, but never fear—Dr. Roadmap saves the day with a detour to your destination

Everybody’s heard about the 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway closing for construction tonight between the I-10 and U.S. 101, but what if you live on the West Side or absolutely MUST drive in that area? For the pessimists, it’s just stay home and watch a two-day TV marathon; and for the determined, it’s try to figure out which detour to take for various city destinations. Which routes will get you where you want to go? Should you stick to your own car or take public transportation? And how will Caltrans and Metro be making your life easier during the shutdown? Ask Dr. Roadmap for your travel options as we countdown to Carmageddon!!!



Hide your kids! Hide your wife! It’s Carmageddon!

Even if you’d been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks you’ve probably heard (on Lady Gaga’s twitter feed) that the almighty traffic gods have decreed that Los Angeles County will be an unholy tangle of Priuses, Audis and 18-wheelers for 53 whole hours this weekend. Cal Trans is closing down the stretch of the 405 between the 101 and the 10 to tear down and rebuild the Mulholland Bridge. As a result the entire universe is bracing for an epic car-pocolypse that’s expected to wreak havoc from the Golden Gate bridge to the Mexican border. So…how about those weekend plans? How will you deal with this cataclysmic car-tastrophy? How far will the car-nage spread? Have you bought your “I Survived Carmageddon 2011” T-shirt yet? And how will the notoriously short-fused L.A drivers deal with the horrendous morass that will surely be the freeways this weekend?



405 'Carmageddon' updates: LA Fire adds staff; parking limited on Sepulveda, Ventura; more

The Los Angeles Fire Department will have 200 extra firefighters and paramedics on duty during this weekend's closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass. Parking along sections of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards will be banned to keep traffic moving. Also, a section of Pacific Coast Highway narrowed to two lanes will be opened up over the weekend.



Pulling the curtain back on Carmageddon: what’s really going to happen on the 405 this weekend?

When the 405 is shut down late on Friday night one kind of traffic jam will be replaced by another: gone will be the gridlock of commuters, beach-goers, LAX-bound travelers and other Angelenos who crawl up the dreaded but vital stretch of highway. In their place will be thousands of construction workers with their dump trucks, bulldozers, demolishers, cranes and more equipment to create a traffic jam of an entirely different kind. An orchestrated dance of workers and trucks will take place over 53 hours on a 405 freeway that will be anything but dormant, even as it’s closed off to the roughly half a million cars that would normally be using it this weekend. A bridge connecting two sides of Mulholland Blvd. over the Sepulveda pass will be demolished, cracks in the road will be repaired, guard rails will be replaced and moved around and maintenance projects of all kinds will be carried out over two days. The freeway is scheduled to completely reopen by 6am Monday, but if not the contractor carrying out the work will be fined roughly $72,000 per hour the 405 remains closed.



“Stay the heck on the East Side”: bracing for the closure of the 405 and the coming of Carmageddon

With the closure of the 405 just 5 days away, commuters are bracing for record congestion and annoyance, though L.A. city, Metro and Caltrans officials are urging early preparation for the upcoming weekend from Hell. Ramps on the 10-mile stretch between the 101 and the 10 will begin closing as early as 7 pm this Friday, July 15th, and construction on half of the Mulholland Drive Bridge will continue until 5 am on the morning of the 18th, when the freeway will reopen. The demolition of the north half of the bridge is expected to cause a similar closure and will follow the completion of construction on the south half, which is slated to take 11 months.



Westside businesses to take a hit during 405 shutdown

Forget Judgment Day, Friday, July 15, the 405 freeway will be closed between the 10 and the 101, and will remain shut down through the weekend. It's part of an ongoing project to widen the connection between the Westside and the Valley. Area officials are holding a press conference this morning to get out the message: stay away from the Westside on the weekend of July 15. And if you live there, just stay at home. That's not good news for people in the area who work on the weekend.



405 closure: Tickets for JetBlue's $4 flights between Burbank and Long Beach sell out

JetBlue announced flights between Long Beach Airport and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport this Saturday during the closure of the 405 dubbed "Carmageddon." The flights sold out within hours.



JetBlue's 405 special: Carmageddon's carbon Armageddon in the sky

To borrow from The Clash, it's Carmageddeon Time! Jet Blue's offering $4 flights between Long Beach and Burbank. (A fiver if you want leg room.) And JetBlue is one of the few airlines that — when you book with them — directs you to a place where you can offset your carbon because riding in a great big jet plane takes great big combustion engines that burn great big fuel. And since fossil fuel burning creates greenhouse gases and these companies purport to let you pay your share of the greenhouse effect.



Santa Monica Farmers Market versus Carmageddon – It’s on

By now, just about every Angeleno worth her SigAlert subscription knows that the 405 Freeway is going to shut down for 53 hours in mid-July. From the 10 to the 101 Freeways, the 405 will be impenetrable from around 7pm on July 15th to 5am on July 18th. Buses are being mobilized. Plans are being drawn. Farmers markets are preparing. After all, what’s a Westside fresh produce shopper to do in the midst of the Carpocalypse?



For Carmageddon, a song of the week: "Why'd you want to live here?"

In honor of Carmageddon, and the existential crises it threatens to cause, this week Pacific Swell is reclaiming Death Cab for Cutie's "Why'd you want to live here?"



Will shutting down the 405 ease traffic in the long run?

On Friday, the city of Los Angeles will be closing one of its main freeways, Interstate 405, for 53 hours, from Friday night to Monday morning. It's part of a billion-dollar widening project that Los Angeles hopes will ease chronic traffic jams on the 405, but many residents, fearing the worst, are already dubbing it "Carmageddon."



Waiting for Carmageddon: Lessons from past traffic nightmares

In less than two weeks the 405 freeway will shut down for a weekend. While SoCal residents prepare to hunker down and avoid the "multi hour delays" transit officials expect, some experts say Carmageddon won't be a catastrophe. Madeleine talks with USC transportation scholar Genevieve Guiliana, who shares lessons learned from previous traffic nightmares, including the 1984 Olympics and the collapse of part of the 10 freeway after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.



LA's Carmageddon: Will 405 shutdown be bad for business?

Many people vow not to get anywhere near the 405 Freeway between the 101 and the 10 during next week’s shutdown. But what about people who live and own businesses in the eye of that construction hurricane?



Many bus, rail lines free for 405 shutdown

Los Angeles County Metro will offer free rides on 26 bus lines — along with its previously advertised free rides on the Purple, Red and Orange lines — when the 405 freeway is shut down on July 16 and 17.



405 to be shut down for entire weekend in July

In what may go down as a midsummer weekend's nightmare, one of the three freeways connecting the two halves of Los Angeles will be closed for an entire weekend — 53 hours — in mid-July, it was announced today.



Carmageddon Playlist

Stuck at home on a forced staycation this weekend? Fear not. We asked our music critics Ann Powers, Drew Tewksbury, the Off-Ramp staff and our loyal Twitter and Facebook fans to send us their picks of music to survive the 405 shutdown by. With their help, we put together this playlist full of songs about Los Angeles, traffic and driving in general. Enjoy!