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Stretch of 101 freeway from Echo Park to Hollywood to close next week

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Brace yourselves

Night owls beware: A vital traffic artery will be taken out of commission next week. Caltrans will close the 101 freeway—in both directions—to late night traffic from Echo Park to Hollywood for four straight nights. The closure will affect a nearly five-mile section of the 101, stretching from Cahuenga to Glendale boulevards, from midnight to 5 a.m. daily Sunday through Wednesday.

The closure will allow workers to install loop detectors in the freeway pavement. The detectors will gather realtime traffic data for Caltrans. It’s part of a $19.26 million project to repave the 101 and infuriate drivers.

Next week will no doubt be a nightmare for late-night Lyft drivers and people working graveyard shifts, but that’s not what’s important right now. What’s most pressing is giving a name to this traffic debacle. All road closures in LA need a clever name that acts as an earworm, digging into the minds of drivers to remind them to stay away. We’ve had Carmaggedon and Jamzilla for the 405, and #101SlowJam when the Sixth Street Bridge was being demolished. But what to call this latest blockage of the 101?

Cartastrophe? Jeepment Day? Ford Horsemen of the Apocarlypse?

Ugh. We’ll keep working on it.


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