“Stay the heck on the East Side”: bracing for the closure of the 405 and the coming of CAR-MAGEDDON
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. Caltrans has taken a variety of steps to limit the inevitable traffic jams, among them posting electronic freeway signs, informing GPS companies and arranging alternate routes for truckers, while Metro will expand bus services and allow people to ride the Red, Purple and Orange lines for free that weekend. However, they advise that everyone stay home, shop nearby and seek emergency assistance locally, while L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky urges Angelinos to "stay the heck out of here." Who will be most adversely affected by the closure? And how will emergency medics, firefighters and police officers get around? Join Patt for a discussion with “Dr. Roadmap,” David Rizzo, and find out how you can comfortably survive the closure.