Carmageddon II: shopping, dining discounts for going carless
In an effort to entice residents to “Eat, Shop and Play Locally,” officials plan to announce Tuesday scores of shopping, dining and other discount offers during the closure of the freeway Sept. 29 and 30.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for one, will be offering half off general admission for anyone arriving by public transit, bicycle, skateboard or on foot. Details are expected to be announced Tuesday.
Angelenos endured the first two-day shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways last year. Dubbed Carmageddon after nervous predictions of traffic gridlock, the closure instead brought relatively uncrowded streets and freeways, as motorists stayed home or avoided driving the busy corridor, which includes the Sepulveda Pass.
The second shutdown is needed so construction workers can complete demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge as part of a $1-billion freeway improvement project that includes adding a 10-mile northbound carpool lane on the 405.
Officials are worried that motorists might be complacent about avoiding the second and final Carmageddon freeway closure, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. They are hoping discounts and some special events, including bike rides in the Valley and on the Westside, will reduce the potential for major traffic congestion.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: The Mulholland Bridge construction site on the 405 Freeway. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times