Early end of Carmageddon celebrated, mourned, mocked online
Minutes after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the imminent end of the 405 Freeway closure known as "Carmageddon" Sunday, the Internet was already abuzz.
“405 is opening AS WE SPEAK. Carmageddon is DONE!” tweeted Kelly Kurens, a Southern California realtor and property manager.
Others were less than enthusiastic.
"I love having the 405 freeway closed," tweeted actor Neil Patrick Harris. "Traffic is nonexistent. Carmageddon is the best! I'm gonna Carma-get-in my car and run some errands."
Others mourned the eventual return of gridlock to the 405 and other area roadways.
“Carmageddon is over 18 hours early,” tweeted Los Angeles-based author Steve Weinstein, “Your regularly scheduled Carmageddon begins now."
"The end of the world has ended," said an LAist.com post titled, 'We survived!"
"Now, be patient," author Lisa Brenner cautioned, "We only have to wait until next summer to do it all again."
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and councilman Tom LaBonge join officials and media as they wave at the first motorists to travel under the Mulholland Drive bridge after the reopening of the 405 Freeway. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times