La drivers pay attention! Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, one of the busiest freeways in the country, will be closed for 53 hours beginning the evening of July 15 until the morning of July 18 to allow partial demolition of the Mulholland Drive Bridge.
According to Metro, the freeway will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. Some freeway lanes could begin closing as early as 10 p.m.
The project means hundreds of thousands of motorists will have to be detoured or convinced not to travel on the 405.
“This doesn’t need to be a car-mageddon,” county Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky said at a news conference. “The best alternative route is to totally avoid the 405 area, completely avoid it, don’t come anywhere near it, don’t even think about coming to it. Stay the heck out of here.”
“Obviously, the best way to steer clear of the aggravation zone and reduce congestion is to stay home that weekend or make plans in the neighborhood, like catching a movie at the local theater,” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky wrote in his blog. “If you’re supposed to work, try to change your schedule, take a couple vacation days or telecommute.
Gerald Silver, a resident of Encino, told the Los Angeles Daily News that he will not be going anywhere for two days.
“We’ll be landlocked and isolated,”Silver, 78, told the paper. “We’re going to Ralphs early, stocking up and not leaving the house for two days.”
However – there are alternatives. Los Angeles transit authorities are offering free subway rides mid-July to help residents get around traffic from the planned shutdown of a portion of the San Diego (405) Freeway.