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Monday
Jul182011

Carmageddon Averted: I-405 Reopens Early

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles’ feared "Carmageddon" ended before it ever really began Sunday, as officials re-opened Interstate 405 17 hours ahead of their Monday morning target.

Billboards warning of historic gridlock, celebrity tweets to stay in your neighborhood and stern mayoral pronouncements apparently scared most Angelenos off the road (or out of town) during the shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of I-405, a vital north-south artery connecting the city to the San Fernando Valley.

The closure turned the city's Westside into a relaxing, sun-dappled playland where restaurants seated patrons without waits and Angelenos made uncharacteristic use of their own footpower to get around.

At least two intrepid skateboarders dodged police and California Highway Patrol officers staged at the on ramps for an unimpeded adventure down the 405, only to be warned they risked arrest if they attempted a repeat performance.

Officials can only hope residents won't have become complacent 11 months from now -- when the remaining half of the Mulholland Bridge comes down in Carmageddon II.

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Sunday
Jul172011

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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jul162011

Precarious I-405 Construction Project Underway in LA

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The city of Los Angeles shut down a portion of the heavily-trafficked Interstate 405 at midnight on Friday as part of a billion-dollar project.

An estimated 500,000 cars pass over the affected 10-mile area, which links Los Angeles with the San Fernando Valley. Workers have until the Monday morning commute to tear down the Mulholland Drive bridge.

The city has threatened to find the contractor $6,000 for ever 10 minutes the construction project goes over the 5 a.m. deadline on Monday.

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