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Metro, the FBI and why Carmageddon 2 is running late

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Part II of the end of the world is going to be a little late. 

Carmegeddon 2 has been delayed, says Metro spokesman Marc Littman. He's referring to plans to completely shut down a section of the 405 for a whole weekend, just like last summer, in order to complete work on the Mulholland Bridge.

The date for starting construction has been held up by unforeseen utility work and a $300 million lawsuit, reports the Daily News.

One unexepected issue is the need to remove utility poles, and the resulting demand by the FBI — working out of the building on 11000 Wilshire Boulevard near the construction site — that "Metro workers go through security clearance before working on the sensitive FBI lines," Littman told KPCC.

Metro hopes to continue phase two of the Mulholland Bridge work by the end of the summer. The construction is part of the $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project that will see 10 miles of carpool lanes added to the northbound 405, three bridges rebuilt and upgrades to on- and off-ramps (aka the Rampture).

Littman told KPCC's Ashley Bailey, "We’re probably like four to six months behind for the overall project right now. We’re still within budget, but we’re hoping to shake some of that time. In terms of the Mulholland Bridge, taking down the second half — what’s called Carmegeddon 2 — we’re still hoping to do that late summer, so you gotta look at the big picture. When’s the overall project going to be done? It’s going to be done within budget."