Seeing Empty I-405 Freeway May Be A Once-In-A-Lifetime
Anyone who has ever tried to drive on what's known as "The 405"
in southern California knows that it's normally choked with
vehicles pretty much any time of any day. It's a very, very, busy
But Friday night at 1900 PDT, the freeway was completely closed
for 53 hours for work on the Sepulveda Pass, according to the LA
DOT. "Plan Ahead, Avoid The Area, Or Stay Home. That’s the
message public safety officials are sending to the public in
anticipation of a planned 10-mile, 53-hour closure of the I-405
freeway between the U.S. 101 and I-10 on the weekend of July 16-17,
2011 for planned demolition work on the Mulholland Bridge, part of
a major I-405 improvement project," was the message appearing on
the department's website.
But for some, a closed 405 freeway is an opportunity to make
some money. For instance, Adventure Helicopter Tours is offering a
"Car-mageddon Helicopter Tour Package" to give those willing to pay
for the ride a birds-eye view of the empty freeway, as well as the
expected chaos as all those cars try to find alternate routes to
their destinations. The 45 minute flights will originate at
Whiteman Airport in LA, according to the blog Urban Daddy, and
include a pre-flight champagne toast, and aerial views of the Santa
Monica pier and the Hollywood sign.
And to our SoCal readers who may have to get somewhere by car
this weekend ... good luck.