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Los Angeles will close down its 405 freeway this weekend, and the fact that the event is officially called Carmageddon hints at how much traffic the city is expecting. The best plan is likely to just stay home and watch the traffic live online.

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Carmageddon is upon us! This weekend, Los Angeles will close down its 405 freeway, which is one of the main routes for Angelenos to go from north to south and anywhere in between. And if you’ve ever been stuck in L.A. traffic — even when all the freeways are open — you know that things are going to be bad when one of the most important roadways is closed. Really, really bad, thanks to a car-centric transportation system that has been on the verge of collapse for years.

Or maybe everyone will just go green and stay home, if only for a weekend? Authorities in Los Angeles have been asking celebrities like Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher and Kim Kardashian to tweet about the closure and get people prepared. Airlines have been offering highly discounted flights within Los Angeles, and L.A. major Antonio Villaraigosa has been encouraging people to leave their cars at home entirely. Will it work? Well, we’ll all have a chance to find out, thanks to a number of live streams:

Carmageddon has also inspired a lot of creativity on YouTube:
  1. Glaringly missing is any link to a discussion describing the construction project that is bringing this about in the first place.

  2. You’re burying the lede. They’re blowing up the Mullholland bridge! Where can I watch _that_ live online?

  3. Suezenne Fordham Friday, July 15, 2011

    I am getting that this will happen, but that the Sepulveda Pass will be closed down forever in a couple of monthe as the city is returning it to the Conservancy, to be returned to wildernes, thus getting rid on heavy commerce between the Valley and LA… just another step in the destruction of more jobs in Ca. AND the uS! Anyone else getting that info?

    1. @Suezenne: are you KIDDING? You’d have to be smoking crack to believe that the Sepulveda Pass will be “closed down forever”. Back away from the Internet and take a walk.

  4. Mike Zimzun Friday, July 15, 2011

    I would rather use http://twetv.com

  5. Alternate routes, right here (Jet Blue already stole one…)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doug-molitor/12-routes-to-carmageddon_b_896635.html

  6. The Regular Joe Saturday, July 16, 2011

    just don’t say I didn’t warn you
    http://theregjoe.blogspot.com/2010/11/traffic.html

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