Last Friday the California Department of Transportation closed one of the busiest sections of Los Angeles’ 405 interstate for a full 53 hours. That might not sound like a big deal to us over here, long used to motorways being coned off for seemingly no reason, but believe me, this was on a scale we have no idea about!
Shut to allow demolition of a bridge, the 10-mile stretch of the 405 usually carries 250,000 cars a day and they were expected to flood the other roads and streets of LA, causing a gridlock dubbed “Carmageddon”. Did it happen?
No, it didn’t. There was, in fact, significantly less traffic all over LA as residents heeded warnings to NOT use their cars and stay home instead. And the work was carried out 17 hours ahead of schedule so the 405 opened earlier than expected. Great work from the Department of Transportation guys!
Some people were obviously inconvenienced by the closure though, not least tourists trying to get about. What we’d like to know is did Carmageddon Weekend cause YOU or anyone you know any issues? Any problems getting about – like to or from LAX airport for example? Let us know your stories of Carmageddon nightmares.
In addition, I’m feeling very generous at the moment – what prizes would you like to win from us if we were to run a competition? Again, let us know in the comments.
Cheers for now!