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Carmageddon: 'It's dead as a doornail out there,' official says

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 As construction progressed on the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway on Saturday afternoon, city and county officials toured the site and praised organizers for a smooth sailing "Carmageddon."

City Councilman Paul Koretz and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky visited the construction site early Saturday afternoon.

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Yaroslavsky had previously taken a helicopter tour of the area, and said he was impressed with what he saw.

"No one is on Santa Monica Beach or Zuma Beach. Hardly anyone is on [the] Pacific Coast Highway. It's dead as a doornail out there," he said. "There are no choke points anywhere we can see — there are no holdups anywhere."

"This reminds me of the movie, 'On the Beach,' " Yaroslavsky added, referencing a 1959 movie set in post-apocalyptic Australia. "No one is out, no one is driving."

Yaroslavsky praised both officials and residents for a successful Carmageddon so far.

"L.A. has risen to the occasion," he said. "They have turned 'Carmageddon' into 'Carmaheaven.' "

He predicted demolition work would be completed ahead of the 5 a.m. Monday deadline, and that Sunday's work would be mostly cleanup. "It’s conceivable that the lion’s share of the work will be done by dawn tomorrow," he said.

At the site, it appeared as though significant progress had been made on the demolition by Saturday afternoon. The center stand of the bridge was mostly gone, and crews were removing girders on the other two stands.

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-- Dan Weikel at the Mulholland Drive bridge

Photo: A view from above shows an empty 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Officials say so far, things are running smoothly during the much-anticipated Carmageddon. Credit: Eric Thayer / Reuters

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