freeway traffic jam in LA
Photo by John Schreiber.

It may not be another Carmageddon, but it’s going to make your drive to and from Los Angeles International Airport for late night and early morning flights a mess as the nearby San Diego (405) Freeway will be shut down at times for the next two weeks.

Fifteen full nights of partial and full closures of  different sides of the massive freeway near LAX will begin Monday as a result of construction of a bridge for the LA Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line light rail project.

The closures will feature overnight full or partial closures on different sides of the freeway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday, although the freeway will be fully open during the weekends.

The scheduled closures include:

— The northbound lanes will be completely closed starting Sunday evening, from Century and La Tijera boulevards, and these stretch will be closed overnights through Aug. 4.

— The left three lanes in both directions will be closed from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11.

— The southbound lanes will be fully closed starting at the Florence Avenue/Manchester Boulevard off-ramp, through the Manchester on-ramp, from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18.


In July 2011, when the City of Los Angeles launched a massive media campaign under the title “Carmageddon” to warn drivers about a major closure on the 405 Freeway, Stainless Games capitalized and promoted a new release of its graphically violent vehicular combat video game –“Carmageddon.”

During the 2011 shutdown, Stainless announced on its game website that “L.A. Celebrates Carmageddon” and “Yes, it’s official! The news that Carmageddon is back has been such a hit in California, that the authorities have decided to dedicate a whole weekend to the game!”

–City News Service, staff

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