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Carmageddon II: Motorists find ways to cope with freeway closure

Some Southern California motorists were taking the temporary closure of a portion of the 405 Freeway in stride early Saturday, finding alternative routes to get to work or skip town. 

Olga Malysheva, 27, glanced at the clock on her cellphone as she filled up with gas at a Mobil off Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks about 9 a.m.

Malysheva is a nurse at a hair-removal clinic in Manhattan Beach and was hoping to avoid Carmageddon II, the closure of the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways this weekend. The freeway -- the busiest in the nation -- is closed so that a bridge can be removed to allowing for the widening of the freeway to add a new carpool lane.

FULL COVERAGE: Carmageddon II

"I wish I could not go to work today, but no," said Malysheva, who said she gave herself an extra 40 minutes to commute. "I'll take Sepulveda, I guess. I have no choice."

For Carmageddon II, Rene Ghotanian and his 5-year-old son, Mitchell, decided to skip town.

Ghotanian, a Los Angeles-area resident, stopped at the Mobil station at Saugus Avenue and Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks to put enough gas in the car to get them to the airport. They were headed to the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Ghotanian, who lives right off the 405, took Sepulveda on Saturday morning.

"Right now it was wide-open," he said about 9 a.m.

His commute home on Friday was worse than usual, he said, but not terrible.

"It's no big deal. It's not the end of the world."

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-- Marisa Gerber in Sherman Oaks
 
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