Take Two for September 27, 2012

How to maintain your sanity this Carmageddon weekend

Book cover for "Survive The Drive."

David Rizzo

Book cover for "Survive The Drive."

Well if you must hit the road this weekend, you won't want to set out before consulting David Rizzo.

He's known as Dr. Roadmap and he's the author of "Survive the Drive," a guide to beating traffic and road rage in Southern California. He's got some advice for Angelenos and visitors

Well, if you must hit the road this weekend, you won't want to set out before consulting our next guest — David Rizzo.

When responding to the question of how Carmageddon 2 will be compared to the first, he says, “I think it will be worse and this is based on 25 years of following traffic conditions… people are going to press their luck, people are going push the envelope and be on the road a little bit more, plus its going to take ten hours longer work to knock down the second set of columns… you have to take it seriously”

He's known as Dr. Roadmap and he's the author of "Survive the Drive," a guide to beating traffic and road rage in Southern California. He offers some advice to help you stay sane if you're on the road this Carmageddon weekend.

Alternate Routes

“Make your choice in alternate routes destination-based. Going anywhere east of Hollywood, then definitely take the 101 or the 5, I prefer the 5 … if you’re going to the West the canyons will work”

To UCLA
Take Beverly Glen

To Beverly Hills
Take Coldwater Canyon

To West Hollywood
Take Laurel Canyon

Going further East?
Take the freeways

Living West and have to go West?
Topanga Canyon, State Route 27, will work just fine

To LAX
“Sepulveda is supposed to be open, so I would take Sepulveda Blvd. all the way… the good news is that the southbound on ramp and Getty Center is predicted to be open so you only have to take Sepulveda as far as Getty Center then get on the 405”

Alternate routes to the alternate routes?
“The only one that is a good alternate to Sepulveda is to the West and that is the Havenhurst—Calneva junction, but that will only get you as far as Mulholland and you’ll still have to get over to Sepulveda…and the same for on the east side of the 405, you’ve got small tiny streets, but if you choose to take those streets A.) You better be really good with a map, and B.) It’s going take longer, so I would just stick with the main drags”

Basic rules to follow?
“Leave early. I’d allow fifty percent more travel time, because people are going to avoid the 405 there is going to be more traffic on the 5 freeway and the 101, but those freeways have accidents, especially the 101, and that is where the gridlock is going to be…You’re going to have to leave really early”

Looking for more information?
David says that traffic sites such as Googlemaps and SigAlert are pretty reliable for reporting traffic, and you can find which service streets have the least amount of traffic on the website: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org


blog comments powered by Disqus