Some preliminary good news for Carmageddon: as of 8:15 a.m. Monday morning, the National Weather Service is predicting decent weather for this weekend in the San Fernando Valley. See the forecast above, taken from the NWS website.
If the forecast holds, it will certainly help not to have blazing hot summer temps in the inland valleys, since getting to the beaches in the L.A. area likely will be a royal pain due to traffic. In case you just emerged from an Antarctic ice cave, the 405 is being shutdown from late Friday night until early Monday morning to partially tear down the Mulholland Bridge.
That, in turn, is being done to add a northbound carpool lane on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways and make other serious upgrades to on- and off-ramps along that stretch of the 405.
The mantra for this weekend traffic-wise is for motorists to plan ahead, avoid the area around the 405 and/or stay home. That said, for those in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys that absolutely insist on going to the beach, I suggest avoiding the L.A. Basin and consider hitting the sand in Oxnard or any points north.
There are train options to avoid driving, although tickets aren’t cheap. Amtrak stations in Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara are a short walk to the beach. Here’s the schedule for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train.
Residents of the Inland Empire also have the option of taking Metrolink to the beach in San Clemente. Here’s the weekend schedule for the Inland Empire-Orange County line.