Southland leaders predict upcoming ‘Carmageddon' sequel bigger, bolder than the first

Los Angeles's 405 Freeway Closes Completely For Bridge Repair

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Workers demolish the south side of Mulholland overpass on the 405 freeway during the 53-hour total freeway closure dubbed "Carmageddon" for the resulting massive traffic disruptions throughout the region, on July 16, 2011 in Los Angeles. Authorities say Carmageddon 2 will be even worse.

Southland transportation authorities are urging motorists to brace themselves for “Carmageddon 2” — coming in late September.

Caltrans says crews will close off the 405 in both directions over the Sepulveda Pass for more than 50 hours. Last time, they finished the work 17 hours ahead of schedule.

But they’re not likely to complete the job early this time, because there’s much more work to do. Crews will need to finish chipping away at the Mulholland Bridge before they rebuild it. The effort is part of the billion-dollar Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined other leaders near the structure to urge thousands of drivers to stay away from that 10-mile stretch along the 405 Freeway between the 10 and the 101.

Closure of the 405 — what they say is the nation’s busiest freeway — begins Friday evening, Sept. 28.

Correction: This story originally said that the work was finished after only 17 hours, which was incorrect; rather, it was finished 17 hours early.

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