‘Carmageddon II: The Sequel’: More Freeway Chaos Could Hit Los Angeles


It was one of the most over-hyped news stories of last year. Carmageddon – and its perils – was foretold by politicians, celebrities and neighborhood organizations, all warning Los Angeles residents of certain doom if they attempted to drive anywhere. The reason? The closure of a 10-mile stretch of freeway for a mere 53 hours. Well, get ready: It’s about to happen again.

So what’s the problem with closing one freeway for one weekend? Well, it happens to be the 405, the primary artery connecting Los Angeles’ Westside and the tony towns of the San Fernando Valley, which millions of Angelenos call home. In fact, it’s the most-traveled stretch of roadway in the nation, a ten-lane patch of asphalt that carries 374,000 cars each day. Even on weekends, when traffic is lighter, the stretch can carry 500,000 cars over the two-day span. And from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Monday…

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