Empty freeway, 7:35 a.m.

Photo by Kim Upton/Metro.

And here’s the view looking north from Camp Carmageddon toward the San Fernando Valley about 90 minutes ago.

405 scene, 7:06 a.m.

Photo by Kim Upton/Metro.

The north side of the bridge is coming down — here’s what it looked like just after 7 a.m.

As for traffic, here’s the real-time map from Caltrans at 8:45 a.m. Lot of green is good!

Reminder: West Valley bike ride tomorrow a.m.; good Carmageddon counter-programming

 “This ride is welcomed by Metro’s Media Relations, and Metro’s Bike Program whose mission is to make bicycling

more viable in L. A. County.  Since Metro is asking people not to drive, it is a perfect opportunity to bike instead!”

BIKE CARMAGEDDON!

The West Valley Ride

Lead By:  Jesse Fuller and Matt Weintraub

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:30 am until 12:30 pm

Metro Orange Line Chatsworth Station

San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA 

Route 1 – 12.5 miles along Orange Line Bike Path (beginning-intermediate):

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5664857

Route 2 – 34 miles showing off some of the new bike lanes

in the West Valley (intermediate-advanced):

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com?r=5664875

We leave Chatsworth Station at 10am.

We will be visiting the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park by 12noon

(free admission for riders I hear).

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/222874334507505

If there is any further information you need about the ride, please let me know.

Jesse Fuller |  jeshii@gmail.com  |  (818) 264-4647

 

405, 12:01 a.m.

Photo by Dave Sotero/Metro.

The big equipment moving into place as the clock struck midnight on the 405 with work about to begin on the north side of the Mulholland bridge. It’s Carmageddon time!

Meanwhile, at Unified Command…

Photo by Gayle Anderson/Metro.

Here’s the scene about an hour ago at the Unified Command in downtown Los Angeles. Uneventful — which is good!

March of the pylons underway on 405; t-minus 90 minutes to Carmageddon!

Photos by Dave Sotero/Metro.

Pylons are going up and lane closures are underway in advance of the full closure of the 405 between the 10 and 101 that begins in about 90 minutes. The midnight hour is approaching, people! Many reporters are at Camp Carmageddon, just north of the Mulholland Drive Bridge.

 

 

Carmageddon musical interlude, part 1

As we wait for lane closures to begin at 10 p.m., a thematically-correct tune for our friends at Kiewit Infrastructure West, the contractor doing the heavy lifting this weekend while bringing down the north side of the Mulholland Drive Bridge. Only thing heavy I’m presently lifting is a fork-full of fried rice.