For one hotel, Carmageddon II is a blessing
For most people, proximity to the 10-mile closure area of the 405 Freeway is a curse.
But for the Courtyard Marriott close to the intersection of the 405 and the 101, it's a blessing. The hotel is putting up a lot of the Carmaggedon construction workers, said Steve Flores, 23, who worked the hotel's front desk Friday night.
Unlike a typical night, Flores said, all of the rooms were filled -- mainly with construction workers.
"If they're not there yet, they'll probably be sitting over at the bar soon," he said.
A few minutes before 9 p.m., a cameraman chased two neon yellow-clad construction workers as they plopped down orange cones and dragged "ramp closed" signs into place at the Ventura Boulevard onramp to the southbound 405 in Sherman Oaks.
As the last few cones went up, a blue Impala slowed near the intersection. The driver stuck his head out in wonder, raised his fist and screamed at the construction workers: "Why?"
The workers laughed and pointed to an orange sign: "Ramp closed. Use ramp at Getty Center Dr."
-- Marisa Gerber in Sherman Oaks
Photo: "Ramp closed" signs herald the start of Carmageddon II. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times