If you live in Los Angeles, you already know it’s coming. We may not have been afraid of the end of the world that was predicted a few months ago, but this one scares us. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County or Ventura County, perhaps you haven’t heard, but the 405 is closing this month. For those of us who live here, it sounds like the end of the world. They are calling it “Carmageddon.”
Interstate 405, aka the San Diego Freeway (which, ironically doesn’t start, end, or pass through any part of San Diego), known to southern Californian’s simply as “The 405,” will be closed on July 16 and 17, for a 15 mile stretch from the 10 to the 101. Well that’s what the signs say, anyway. The reality is, it’s closing sometime late on Friday the 15th, and they hope will reopen sometime early Monday morning. Ha. Government estimates for construction — what could go wrong??
As it is, the 405 — particularly at that stretch, is one of the most conjested freeways in the country. Many experts and non-experts alike are recommending that you don’t try to go ANYWHERE in Los Angeles this weekend. I couldn’t agree more. On motorcycle or car, the highways here are going to be an unmitigated disaster. Lane splitting won’t save you this weekend. After all, you can’t zip through traffic when every lane is closed.
There is a lighter side to all of this. One idiot on the news was threatening to sue the state for closing the freeway. Not a suit that your favorite motorcycle accident lawyer (or any other lawyer I know) would take up. But perhaps it’s just fear that’s making people crazy.
So what should you do? The internet is full of “alternate routes” you can take. Sepulveda Boulevard? Ha again. Most of these so-called alternate routes are a crowded mess when the freeways are working.
Our advice? If you live in LA, pack your bags and get out of town for the weekend. Or, if you can’t leave by Friday morning, get your weekend shopping done early, and hunker down. Don’t leave your neighborhood. Get to know that local theater you’ve been wanting to check out. Explore the deli that just opened down the street. But whatever you do, Don’t Go On The LA Freeways. Good luck, and God speed, Los Angeles.