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.

405 view, 7:35 p.m.

Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

It appears darkness has fallen over the Republic, to put it in Star Wars-speak. Good news: traffic already appears to be lightening up. Here’s the view on Google Maps as of 7:37 p.m. below. Good job, people!

405 view, 7 p.m.

Photo by Luiz Inzunza/Metro.

Still a lot of traffic at 7 p.m. as ramp closures begin.

View of northbound 405 at 6 p.m.

Photo by Luiz Inzunza/Metro.

Here’s what it looked like an hour before closures were set to begin for freeway ramps.


Carmageddon II: Let's not do this!

Using the search term “horrible traffic jam” on YouTube:

Karachi, Pakistani:

Accra, Ghana:

Shanghai, China:

One last news conference before Carmageddon begins

A cavalcade of officials just held a news conference at the city’s Emergency Operations Center in downtown Los Angeles about the impending closure of the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways this weekend. Here’s in short what they said:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: please avoid driving in the closure area and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Metrolink Board Chairman Richard Katz: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy: please avoid driving in the closure area, and, if possible, stay off area roads this weekend.

Here’s the closure schedule:

7 p.m. Friday: ramp closures begin on the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101.

10 p.m. Friday: lane closures begin on the 405.

Midnight Saturday: full closure of the 405 between the 10 and 101.

5 a.m. Monday: 405 freeway reopens.

6 a.m. Monday: ramps reopen.

Once again, our Destinations Discount map with 300-plus restaurants, stores, bike tours, galleries, etc. that are offering discounts to transit riders this weekend. Just show them your TAP card or Metro ticket.

Click above to go to an interactive version of the map!

Curious about the 405 project? Here’s the project’s website. The project is adding a northbound carpool lane to the 405, adding a new set of flyover ramps at the Wilshire Boulevard interchange and rebuilding three bridges over the wider freeway — the Mulholland Drive bridge, the Skirball Bridge and the Sunset Boulevard Bridge, which just reopened this past Monday.

Go Metro Weekends, Carmageddon II style


Here we go, folks. Carmageddon II is hours away, and if you’re adamant about not staying home all weekend, sipping cold drinks by the pool, go Metro to check out these fine Destination Discounts locations that are offering extra special deals just for this weekend.

Buca di Beppo at Universal City Walk is offering 20% off meals if you show the Metro-exclusive coupon. Enjoy great Italian food and do some shopping while you’re in the area. (Red Line or Metro Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free shuttle)

In Hollywood, IRIS from Cirque du Soleil is offering certain tickets for just $40.50 if you reference code METROB at the box office. After the show, pop by Madame Tussauds and get 40.5% off admission if you mention “Carmageddon” at the box office. Schmooze with the crème de la crème of wax celebrities. (Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Highland)

The downtown LA location of Qdoba Mexican Grill will give you 15% off your bill this weekend if you show your TAP card. Have a burrito or two…or three! (Red, Purple, Blue or Expo Line to 7th/Metro)

Present your TAP card at the box office and save 50% off adult admission at the Natural History Museum. Visit the recently opened Spider Pavilion if you feel like getting touchy feely with some creepy crawlies. Adult tickets are $3 and the discount does not apply at the Pavilion. (Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

If none of the Carmageddon discounts strike your fancy, there are plenty of other ongoing discounts you can take advantage of by going Metro, like the LA Zoo (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage).