You may be sick of Carmageddon. (You may not be the only one.) But the good folks who protected us from the horrors of being stuck in our cars for nine hours without Diet Coke or a bathroom will soon begin working on a new plan to convince everyone to plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home for … Carmageddon II — the Sequel (!) when the northern half of the Mulholland Bridge will be demolished.
There are more than a few smart people who think we Southern Californians, being a generally optimistic lot, will consider ignoring the stay-home warnings next time around, reasoning that there was no issue with the 2011 closure so “just a few cars” added to the mix will be okay.
Au contraire, gentle readers. As one woman put it, “I’ll be the only one, so what’s the problem?” Too many “only ones” is the answer.
The reality is that in 11 months time the 405 will still be the busiest, most congested freeway in the nation and the number of vehicles that drive it — 500,000 on a typical July weekend — is not expected to change. There will still be a clear and present danger for regional gridlock. But can the public be encouraged a second time to avoid demolition activities in theSepulveda Pass? What can the public protectors of the 405 closure do to keep us off the roads?
Tell us what you think. Maybe you’re the one who will save humanity as we know it next time around. Maybe you’re the one who will help bring a second peaceful weekend to our traffic smothered region.