Carmageddon II: 405 Freeway to reopen ahead of schedule
Carmageddon II is likely to end early, several hours ahead of the Monday morning rush hour.
Mike Barbour, head of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project, said that the 10-miles of closed northbound lanes on the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 Freeways are likely to reopen as early as 8:45 p.m.
Some of the roadblocks were already being removed.
The southbound lanes on the 405, which are closed between the 101 Freeway and the ramps at Getty Center Drive, will likely reopen soon after, Barbour said. He said the plan was not definitive but that crews were in the final cleanup stages and the contractor was shooting to reopen the freeway as soon as possible.
The freeway closure began Friday night and had officials worried about the potential for massive gridlock throughout the region. It was supposed to last until 5 a.m. Monday, but will now likely reopen much earlier.
There was a similar freeway closure in July of last year, which first earned the moniker Carmageddon. That freeway closure also ended much earlier than originally expected.
California Highway Patrol officers cited seven people on the 405 Freeway on Sunday morning, including a group of rollerbladers and newlyweds who wanted to celebrate on the closed roadway.
Officer Rick Quintero said the first citation came about 3 a.m., when a pedestrian was cited for trying to enter the northbound lanes of the freeway at Sunset Boulevard.
The next two citations came about 40 minutes later at the same spot when two people were cited for trying to get on the southbound lanes of the freeway. The two were "recently married and wanted to celebrate on the freeway," Quintero said.
"Their wedding gift was a citation," he said.
The final round came about 6 a.m., when officers discovered four rollerbladers exiting the freeway near the Getty Center, Quintero said.
All seven people were cited, not arrested, for being pedestrians on a freeway, Quintero said.
CHP warned earlier this week there would be "zero tolerance" for pranksters hoping to repeat some of the antics seen during the first Carmageddon last year.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: A truck removes debris as workers demolish the final pillar of the Mulholland Bridge over the 405 Freeway. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times