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Carmageddon video: Woman drives down an empty 405 Freeway

July 16, 2011 |  1:09 pm

Here's a rare sight: Driving the 405 Freeway without any other car on the road.

Heather Grimmer said she was sitting on the couch Saturday morning watching the news and looking at the online information about the closure itself and “it looked like the highway was open from the Getty [Center Drive] south, but nobody was really paying attention to it.”

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Said she drove around Sepulveda Boulevard a few times — just out of curiosity; she didn’t have errands to run or work to go to — and noticed one traffic officer near the entrance by the Getty Center and people would slow down, but he would let them go through. So she went through and got on the freeway, and drove it all the way to the 10 Freeway.

“It was literally completely empty. Like, completely empty. It was great. It felt like L.A. was empty,” she said, adding she was one of two cars she saw, all the way down to the 10. Construction crews were on the northbound side.

She videotaped the drive for posterity.

The 405 is closed this weekend through the Sepulveda Pass as workers demolish the a portion of the Mulholland Drive bridge as part of the freeway widening project.

Authorities said a few people have tried to get onto the 405, including a jogger wearing a helmet camera and skateboarder who got onto the side of the freeway that was still open in the early hours of the morning.


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 -- Kate Mather