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World Likely to End When the 405 Shuts Down for a July Weekend

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If you hadn't heard--the Rapture got less press--the 405 between the 10 and the 101 will be closed for 53 hours from the evening of Friday, July 15 until the early morning of Monday, July 18, due to construction of the new carpool lane and specifically the partial demolition of the Mulholland Street Bridge. Sepulveda won't be much help--it's for locals only, according to what Metro told the LA Times--and officials are warning people to just stay out of Westwood, Bel Air, and Brentwood (or in them if you live there). This coming Monday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky, representatives from LADOT, LAPD, LAFD, CHP, Metro, Metrolink, the Automobile Club of Southern California, and LA World Airports will advise the public on how to handle being mildly inconvenienced "prepare for the closing," according to a press release from City Hall (wow, that's a lot of important people getting together to talk about a weekend freeway closure, though we are curious as to where drivers will be redirected). There will be tips on alternate routes and the hammering home of the seemingly-obvious suggestion to "Plan Ahead, Avoid the Area, or Stay Home." Meanwhile, the Getty and the Skirball will both be closed for those two days. The Source's Steve Hymon advises checking with Google Maps or Go511.com before traveling around the westside--he also says there's a possibility that traffic could be backed up to Santa Clarita. Vegas, anyone?
· 405 Closure: How Bad Will Traffic Be? [The Source]