Carmageddon II: Leave car at home, get a discount at LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is encouraging people to avoid Carmageddon II, leave their vehicles at home and visit the museum this weekend at half the cost.
A 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway is shut down this weekend so that workers can demolish a portion of the Mullholland Drive bridge so the freeway can be widened to make room for a new carpool lane. Officials have asked motorists to avoid the area.
"What better weekend to leave you car at home and embrace alternative modes of transportation," the museum's website says.
LACMA is offering half-off general admission Saturday and Sunday to those who tell the ticket office they took an alternate mode of transportation, such as walking, biking or taking a bus.
The museum also is offering numerous free programs and tours throughout the weekend.
Florentino Coronado Jr., 68, a museum security officer, brought his electric bike to work Saturday morning from his home in Hollywood and is glad he doesn't have to worry about possible Carmageddon traffic on his way home this afternoon.
He's glad the construction on the 405 is happening on a weekend. The freeway, which is closed between the 10 and 101 freeways, is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.
"On Monday, everyone will want to go on the freeway," he said.
Overall, though, he's not too worried about Carmageddon. He watched news reports Saturday morning, but he laughed while talking about last year's Carmageddon.
"It wasn't too bad," he said.
-- Hailey Branson-Potts at LACMA
Photo: Florence Mesker is dwarfed by artist Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass," which opened to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times