Carmageddon II set for Sept. 28-30
Details of last year's Metro map with recommended routes around the 405 closure.
Carmageddon II, the long-anticipated weekend closure of 10 miles of the 405 freeway, finally has a date: Metro scheduled the sequel for the weekend of Sept. 28-30.
The closure misses UCLA's move-in weekend by a week, starting the Friday after fall quarter begins on Sept. 24.
The first Carmageddon took place in July last year, and after dire warnings
of multi-hour delays and 30-mile traffic jams
, so many drivers steered clear of the freeway that light traffic everywhere prompted people to call it "Carmaheaven
." Metro and UCLA Transportation are encouraging drivers to maintain the same attitude as last year and avoid the freeways to prevent traffic jams.
"With the opportunity for greater impacts this time — given that Carmageddon II will occur at the beginning of fall quarter — we are engaging the Metro construction team and appropriate agencies to ensure full coordination," said Renée Fortier, director of UCLA Transportation. "Especially given that the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center includes a regionally significant Level 1 Trauma Center, campus access remains a high priority for essential services as well as the myriad of other campus activities."
The 405 will shut down between the 10 and 101 freeways, one of the busiest stretches in the nation where half a million cars flow each weekend, so construction crews can tear down the second half of the Mulholland Bridge. The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, when ramps to the 405 will start closing, and all 10 miles of freeway will shut down completely Saturday and Sunday. The 405 is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1.
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