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Los Angeles Traffic: Notoriously Awful, But About to Get Worse

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The famed brutal traffic of Los Angeles could reach epic proportions next month in what's being dubbed "Carmageddon," when the 405 Freeway shuts down for an entire weekend.

The mayor of Los Angeles is telling drivers that it may actually be a good idea to leave town on the weekend of July 16.

“If you must commute July 16th or 17th, take an alternative route,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“I'm actually thinking of just getting out of town completely just to avoid the whole thing,” said one driver.

For those brave enough to stick around, warning has gone out to stock up on food and to stay off the roads.

“This project should probably be renamed the nightmare on the 405,” another driver said.

Some businesses have already announced plans to close that weekend.

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