405 traffic

If you've ever driven through Los Angeles, you understand how terrible the traffic can be. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, and your commute can come to a grinding halt regardless of the hour or day. For one weekend, however, LA commuters will know exactly when traveling on the 405 will result in extreme gridlock.

California construction workers will be shutting down a 10-mile stretch of the freeway for 53 hours. On July 16th and 17th, workers will begin demolishing a portion of the 50-year-old Mulholland Bridge. Later in the year, the freeway will again be closed so that the rest may be taken down.

City officials have provided notice well ahead of the impending closure, but there's no doubt that motorists will find themselves immersed in some severe cases of gridlock. This is Southern California we're talking about, and traffic there is a part of life. That said, county supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky has some poignant advice for worried motorists:

The best alternative route is to totally avoid the 405 area, completely avoid it, don't come anywhere near it, don't even think about coming to it. Stay the heck out of here.

We'll see how that goes...