Los Angeles motorists keep Carmageddon at bay – Click above to watch video after the jump

Carmageddon has come and gone. In reality, it never quite showed up. Los Angeles officials had been warning of the impending 405 freeway closure for months now, and it appears the populace was listening. According to reports, area freeways were relatively empty and travel through Southern California proved to be an easy task.

Work also seemed to go easily for the crew tasked with taking down a portion of the Mulholland Drive bridge. The 405 was slated to reopen sometime early morning, however, the freeway was open for business on Sunday, a full 17 hours ahead of schedule. This was all good practice for the next weekend-long shutdown of the 405, when construction crews will take down, then repair, the other half of the old bridge.

Click past the jump to watch a report on how Carmageddon turned into a relaxing California weekend.


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      Egon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a sneaking suspicion that things would turn out this way. Even in car-crazy lala land, there is still a hint of common sense that occasionally breaks through. The solution here was (and still is) simple: Plan ahead a little bit and stay home. If you're feeling really adventurous, actually talk to your spouse/significant other or kids. In person. What a concept!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look, i hate LA and almost everything about it. But god damn! they know how to take care of their roads! I swear, you can wake up one day and find a road completely redone overnight. Either they throw massive manpower at every job, or nobody takes breaks.. Meanwhile other parts of CA will sit on a road construction project for weeks, equipment sitting idle for days at a time. Hats off guys, you are doin' something right here.
        DE RAYMUNDO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        No this is the only project in LA that has actually been done on time...
        Rick C.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        There was a finish on time bonus clause for the owners. They seriously cracked the whip. Curious, what specifically do you hate? It's interesting hearing what people think or believe about places they don't even reside in.
          Phil B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rick C.
          I hated LA until I actually went there. And as I type this I'm here in LA staying in a hotel downtown. Wish I could stay permanently!
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would give kudos to their publicity campaign. "Forewarned is forearmed"
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      We should take a weekend to shut down major highways and redo our infrastructure to last, one region at a time. It was easy enough in one of the most crowded highways in the US, so it should be a piece of cake anywhere else.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
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      PoMoMangler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see the L.A. community pulling together like this to avoid what could have been an unholy mess.
      Stix
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Who would want to go on the 405 during major repairs? Especially if the entire nation was being warned about the shutdown constantly for the last few months? We may have terrible drivers, but I highly doubt people are STUPID to ignore such important notices such as closures and repairs. Thankfully, this didn't happen.
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