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Rain wouldn't delay Carmageddon weekend's 405 Freeway closure

September 26, 2012 |  1:53 pm

There is a small chance of rain for the upcoming Carmageddon II weekend, but it is unlikely to change the freeway closure or construction plans.

Stuart Seto, a specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said Wednesday afternoon that there is a 10% chance of rain in Los Angeles this weekend but "it's not in the forecast." Instead, Seto said the weekend will probably be partly cloudy at times with temperatures reaching into the mid-80s in downtown L.A. on Saturday and Sunday.

Carmageddon II refers to the impending closure of a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 Freeways for 53 hours starting Saturday.

Officials are closing the freeway so that construction crews can demolish the remaining half of the Mulholland Drive bridge, part of a larger $1-billion freeway improvement project that includes adding an northbound carpool lane through that stretch of the Sepulveda Pass.

Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said Carmageddon II "is a rain or shine event."

"We're going to continue working," Sotero said. "We can't go back and say, 'Hey, public, we need another Carmageddon III.' "

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Alicia Mathis said any rain -- other than possibly befuddling L.A. drivers -- would not affect emergency plans.

"We just put a jacket on," Mathis said.


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