LA Buckles Up for 'Carmageddon 2'

It's baaaaaack: The 405 Freeway closes again

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Even Los Angelenos admit that "Carmageddon" ended with a whimper, but now comes the sequel—and some say it could be horrible, Reuters reports. A new 53-hour closure of the 405 Freeway north of the Getty Center starts at midnight tonight and drags on until Monday at 5am. So it's much like last year, with one exception: No one seems to give a hoot this time. "If people don't think it's a problem, it will be one," says a city councilman.

In other words, unaware drivers may hit the freeway this weekend and really jam it up. But there's at least one diversion for locals: More than 100 arts organizations and advocacy groups created Artmageddonla.com, a listing of art shows across the LA area, the LA Times reports. "The last Carmageddon was the first time in a while that everyone in Los Angeles was thinking of one thing—you couldn't help it," says a leader on the project. "We wanted a way to unite the art community around this and promote art across the city."

This July 17, 2011 file photo shows the California Highway Patrol leading the first vehicles on Interstate 405 as demolition of a portion of the bridge is completed before noon in Los Angeles.
This July 17, 2011 file photo shows the California Highway Patrol leading the first vehicles on Interstate 405 as demolition of a portion of the bridge is completed before noon in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)
A message board flashes a warning Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to drivers on Interstate 10, to prepare for the next Carmageddon.
A message board flashes a warning Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to drivers on Interstate 10, to prepare for the next "Carmageddon."   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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