'Carmageddon' is here!
For the past few weeks, officials have issued warning signs about the upcoming closure of the 405 freeway on the 16th and 17th of July. Carmageddon has finally come! Residents are expected to have major delays and here are some ideas to help you prepare for this weekend.
1. Detours: The 101 and 10 will be impacted the most. So depending on where you are going, plan ahead. Use sites like Mapquest, Googlemaps, or Sigalert to help you avoid the chaos. Expect to be in your car for hours so bring a friend or two, or make a new one while you are there.
2. Fly: The next best alternative may be flying thousands of feet above the city. Jetblue Airways is offering “405 Freeway Closure? We’re So Over It” special. For only $4 include taxes and fees, nonstop flights between Long Beach Airport and Bob Hope Airport. And for $1 more, you can fly first class.
3. Local Transportation: Take the day off from driving. The city is offering free rides on certain bus lines and is adding more train services. Some hotels and restaurants are also offering discounts.
4. Have a party: The best idea saved for last. To avoid the traffic jam completely, stay at home! Relax and have a “Carmageddon” party! Invite all your friends and family, I am sure they would rather be swimming in a pool than in a pool of traffic!