Erik Estrada Carmageddon PSA – Click above to watch the videos after the jump

Residents of the metropolitan Los Angeles area have been bracing for what's been dubbed Carmageddon. No, not the video game from the late '90s, but the scheduled closure of Interstate 405 over the course of this weekend.

The temporary shutdown of the hugely busy 10-mile stretch of highway is being effected so that it can be widened to ease traffic congestion, including the demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland Bridge and the addition of a carpool lane.

Such a big move obviously needs to be brought to public attention, and to that end, Caltrans – the California Department of Transportation – brought in no less suitable a celebrity than Erik Estrada, best known for his role as California Highway Patrol officer Frank Poncharello on the TV show CHiPs. Estrada reportedly did the Public Service Announcements for free in English and Spanish, both of which you can view after the jump (we snuck in a video of the CHiPs intro sequence for you nostalgic types, too).







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      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are going to widen 10 miles and tear down a bridge in 2 days or am I missing something that 2 days on a weekend isn't easily worth it not to mention an impressive amount of work? I could easily stay home or leave for the weekend but that's me. Yes, I have been there. Yes it took me 3 hours for what is typically a 45 minute ride in the country. Seems overblown or no?
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully someone will put together a time-lapse movie of the changes!
      yuppiescum
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dude, they've shut down half of I-93 north of boston all weekend for the past two months and life's been just fine. You guys really need a more balanced transportation system.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being effected, not affected. Awesome to hear Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Gabriel Garcia Marquez er, I mean Ponch warning all the Angelinos who somehow didn't hear of that that this is coming.
      reattadudes
      • 3 Years Ago
      who wants to fathom what a traffic jam was created just from shooting this PSA on the southbound side of the 405?
        otay90
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reattadudes
        My guess us that traffic was already there. It's the 405.
      JamesBond007
      • 3 Years Ago
      They really need to release all the seasons of "CHiPs" onto DVD!
      pantospatacos
      • 3 Years Ago
      How ironic. A video about avoiding freeway congestion ended up causing congestion.
      Eddie
      • 3 Years Ago
      F that puto.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Eddie
        Have more respect kid, why do you mexican dudes have to insult, come on man, be respectful !!!
      jinushaun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cracks me up that people are freaking out over TWO days of a road closure. I find it hard to believe that not being able to use that road over those two days--during the weekend--will really disrupt the lives of most people.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should come spend the summer in Montreal ... Mercier bridge closed and lane reductions on Champlain + lane closures on A-15 and A-720 just to name a few
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        The problem is that if you look on a map of the section they're working on, the alternative route to go north or south means going by downtown LA and that whole area has crawling traffic all the time anyways. Also, the 405 is one of the busiest freeways in the US, and along with the 101, one of the most congested in the US as well. I'm not saying this is necessarily worthy for national attention, I just know from living around there in the past it's going to be a nightmare for those in that area.
        dvrt10
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        ... except the population of LA is many magnitudes greater than that of Montreal and Montreal is not notorious for horrid traffic. If you've never been to LA, you've never seen 'real' traffic.
      • 3 Years Ago
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