Seven Ways to Avoid the Impending Carmageddon

Afraid the 405 closure will ruin your weekend? Here's how to make the most of it!

As San Marino residents probably know from lighted signs on the freeway or the discussion of impending Carmageddon, the I-405 will undergo a 10-mile closure between routes 10 and 101 on the weekend of July 16-17.

The specific boundaries of the closure are the 10 miles between the I-10 and U.S. 101 on the Northbound I-405 and the 4 miles between the U.S. 101 and the Getty Center Drive Ramps on the Southbound I-405.

In advance of the 53 hour closure, which is set to begin no earlier than 7 p.m. on Friday July 15, and should be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging motorists to "plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home."

In an effort to help you do just that, here are six suggestions we think will make Carmageddon far less painful.

1. Embrace Two-Wheel Transportation

What's certain is that Los Angeles' major highways; including California Routes 2, 110 and 134 as well as  Interstate-10, will all see increased congestion between the evening of Friday, July 15 and the morning of Monday, July 18. What's not certain is how neighborhood streets will be impacted. offers two-wheel transportation options or can give your existing bike a tune up.


2. Throw a Party

Like it or not, we're all going to be stuck in the neighborhood together this weekend. Why not make the most of it? Stoke up your grill and stock up on supplies from some of the neighborhood's grocery stores like Hows. You can even add a fun theme—it is summer after all. Pick up party supplies like plates and napkins from , or .


3. Head to the Huntington

Priceless works of art, beautiful gardens and exciting events are at your fingertips at the , which is a welcome staycation on any weekend, but especially during Carmageddon.


4. Hang out in the Park

Unless you've got a private helicopter, chances are you're not going to the beach this weekend. However, you can still soak up some sun locally. Pick up a picnic from and head to Lacy Park to toss around a frisbee, relax with a book, or run around with the family dog.


5. Catch a Movie

Dropping into a local theater for an afternoon is a great way to avoid the traffic and the summer heat. Make sure you get in line early, though, as the highly anticipated conclusion of the Harry Potter series debuts this weekend. ArcLight Cinemas in Pasadena has a wide range of films or you can lounge in comfort and style and dine at your seat at Pasadena’s Gold Class Cinemas or catch an indie flick at the Laemmle Theaters.


6. Go to a Concert

is holding the first of its summer concerts, , on Saturday. The event will feature a Piano Quartet with musicians from the California Philharmonic Orchestra. Bryan Pezzone is the featured pianist. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact the Old Mill at 626-449-5458 for tickets and more information. 


7. Embrace Public Transportation

If you must leave the neighborhood this weekend, rail is your best bet. While you'll pay full price for a Gold Line ticket, you can ride for free once you hop onto the red, orange or purple lines. Select bus fares will also be reduced. Have fun being a local tourist and explore Downtown, Hollywood and more without worrying about traffic or parking. Check Metro's website for more information.

David Garcia July 13, 2011 at 04:44 PM
these are some great ideas! heres another :) i found some cool car-mageddon gear at this store. They have new ones every day! http://www.isurvivedcar-mageddon.com/ check em out


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