Tuesday, June 7, 2011

405 closure: L.A. City and county leaders warn of nightmare during 405 construction - latimes.com

405 closure: L.A. City and county leaders warn of nightmare during 405 construction - latimes.com

Los Angeles city and county leaders did their best Monday to eliminate any ambiguity in their quest to warn motorists about the impending traffic "nightmare" over a weekend in mid-July, when construction crews plan to shut down several miles of the 405 Freeway for more than two days.

"There's gridlock on the 405 virtually any time of the day, but particularly during the rush hour, and if you think it's bad now, let me just make something absolutely clear: On July 16 and 17, it will be an absolute nightmare," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was one of nearly a dozen speakers at a news conference outside Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood.

"And that's why we're asking the public to plan ahead," Villaraigosa said. "To avoid the area, to not go on the 405 or anywhere close during that period of time."

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