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Interstate 405 Closure Ushers Traffic-Free Weekend

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite the ominous closure of one of the nation's busiest thoroughfares, traffic around Interstate 405 in Los Angeles seems to be flowing freely.

A ten-mile stretch of I-405 was closed down on Friday as part of an extensive widening project. Crews have a matter of days to tear down the Mulholland Drive overpass.

Authorities reportedly gave the contractor a Monday, 6 a.m. deadline, with a $6,000 fine for every ten minutes the project goes over schedule.

Officials remain concerned that the lack of traffic over the weekend may encourage drivers on Sunday, creating widespread back-ups. That, however, remains to be seen.

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