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Carmageddon: Last chance to zip under the intact Mulholland Drive bridge

July 15, 2011 | 11:22 pm

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The taillights of a few remaining of cars zoomed under the Mulholland Drive bridge on Friday night before authorities completed the midnight closure of the 405 Freeway to make way for bridge demolition.

PHOTOS: 'Carmageddon' closes the 405 Freeway

Half the bridge is coming down over the weekend as part of a $1-billion expansion plan that will add a carpool lane to the northbound side of the notoriously congested freeway.

Traffic continued to lighten throughout the night as contract workers and state officials closed onramps to choke off the traffic that flows onto the highway connecting the Westside of Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. 

Motorists appeared to heed the blitzkrieg of warnings about "Carmageddon," avoiding the area that usually would see a half-million cars pass by on a typical weekend. As midnight approached, the usually bustling corridor turned eerily quiet.

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-- Kenneth R. Weiss

Photo: Taillights of cars hightailing it up the 405 Freeway for the last time on Carmageddon weekend. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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