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Live video series: What does Carmageddon II mean for L.A.?

Transportation officials will shut down a 10-mile stretch of the nation's busiest freeway this weekend for the second time in 14 months.

Construction crews will use the closure on the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways to demolish the rest of the Mulholland Drive bridge, all in the name of a more than $1-billion freeway improvement project that includes adding a northbound carpool lane through that section of the Sepulveda Pass.

What does the 53-hour closure mean for traffic in the region? What can motorists expect after the project is complete? What can Carmageddon II tell us about Los Angeles? Join us for a series of live video chats as this weekend’s closure approaches.

LIVE VIDEO DISCUSSIONS: Join us Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Join us for the first live video chat on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with Caltrans district director Mike Miles and Mike Barbour, head of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. If Miles is unable to participate, he will be represented by Caltrans’ Lauren Wonder.

Miles and Barbour will join transportation reporter Ari Bloomekatz in a discussion of Carmageddon II and the extensive work being done on the 405 Freeway. We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or on The Times' Facebook and Google+ pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.

The second live video chat will be Friday at 10 a.m. with Metro's Dave Sotero, Capt. Alicia Mathis of the Los Angeles Fire Department and Damien Newton of Streetsblog. Sotero, Mathis and Newton will join Bloomekatz in a discussion of Carmageddon II.

LIVE VIDEO DISCUSSIONS: Join us Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and on Friday at 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

The third live video chat will be Friday at 4:15 p.m. with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosa will join Bloomekatz for an update on the closure and will discuss whether he thinks motorists are up for the weekend’s challenge.

Read more Carmageddon II coverage by the Times' Bloomekatz, Matt Stevens and Martha Groves, among others.

ALSO:

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'Zero tolerance' for pranksters during Carmageddon II, CHP says

-- Ari Bloomekatz

 
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