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Carmageddon II: Business as usual for Sherman Oaks hotel

September 30, 2012 |  9:47 am

Located just north of the closed stretch of the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, the Best Western Plus Carriage Inn would seem like a prime spot for some Carmageddon impacts.

Not so much.

"Business as usual," manager Anthony Pagtalunan said calmly while leaning over the reception counter at the inn, located near the intersection of Burbank and Sepulveda boulevards.

For Pagtalunan personally, Carmageddon II has pretty much been a breeze. Saturday night, the Sherman Oaks resident went to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up his wife, who was returning from the Philippines.

With the 405 closed through the Sepulveda Pass, the 40-year-old said he simply went around, taking the 101 Freeway to the 110 and then the 105. 

And there were no traffic problems, he said.

As Carmageddon II seems to be playing out much like the first — a success — Pagtalunan attributed the lack of problems to a heavy public outreach campaign.

"My wife was told by Immigration that the 405 was closed," he said.


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— Andrew Khouri in Sherman Oaks