Carmageddon is here at last -- that long-feared weekend period in which part of Los Angeles' busy i-405 freeway is shut down.
So far, "everything is going as planned," but there are hours to go until Monday at 6 a.m. when the highway is set to open up again.
You can find Web cams capturing real-time activity on the San Diego Freeway here. Simply change "affected roadways" to I-405. You'll see parts of it spotty and others with no traffic at all. The California Department of Transportation also has live cams.
This map from ABC-7 is also useful to take a look at the real-time traffic activity.
Find more details on the 405 closure with our Carmageddon Big News page and live updates on the Los Angeles traffic situation below.
07/17/2011 1:22 AM EDT
"The pace is promising"
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky suggests that the demolition will be completed ahead of schedule.
"The consensus is that the contractor will beat by a considerable amount of time the 5:00 a.m. Monday deadline for the freeway’s reopening," he wrote on his blog.
Yet, he cautions Los Angeles residents against being overly optimistic.
"Things can still go wrong; this is a complicated and difficult job," he wrote. "But the pace is promising."
07/17/2011 1:05 AM EDT
Stunt Cyclists: You've been warned.
LAPD and CHP officials updated Patch on the number of arrests made on the 405 today--eight cyclists in total.From Patch:
Just got an update from the LAPD and CHP officials at the Emergency Operations Center on arrests on the 405 today. The tally so far has been eight cyclists arrested, the last at 3 p.m. today. Seven others were cited for various violations, which the officers here would not elaborate on.
07/17/2011 12:54 AM EDT
Real Madrid FTW
Angelenos who braved traffic warnings for the Galaxy vs. Real Madrid exhibition game at the Coliseum this evening were sorely disappointed, as Galaxy lost 4-1.
Check out the full story here.
07/17/2011 12:20 AM EDT
ESPN was on to something.
The Los Angeles Times culled tweets from tonight's soccer game attendees who reported empty seats at the Coliseum.
|@ LACarmageddon : #Carmageddon paranoia results in low turnout at Galaxy soccer match http://t.co/hj1Hcsp|
07/17/2011 12:06 AM EDT
Someone is trying to get out of town a little too fast...
KTLA is reporting on a high-speed chase that started on the 101 freeway in the West Valley over an hour ago. The driver--a DUI suspect with a passenger--has so far been able to stay ahead of police because of the unusually light traffic conditions.
|@ ktla : WATCH LIVE: Suspected Drunk Driver Leads Police on Pursuit -- ktla.com http://t.co/uvWUBVc|
07/16/2011 11:58 PM EDT
Did Carmageddon impact attendance at tonight's soccer game?
ESPN speculates that Carmageddon may have affected attendance at the Galaxy-Real Madrid exhibition game at the Coliseum tonight.
Large chunks of empty seats tarnished the Coliseum ambiance when both teams took the field for pregame warmups about half an hour before kickoff.
The game is currently at halftime and Real Madrid is in the lead, 2-0.
07/16/2011 10:32 PM EDT
Mulholland bridge is falling down...
|@ I_405 : SA-ALL: Most of the bridge is down. Now time to saw the bent caps which sit on the beams on top of columns. Takes about 8 hrs. #405Official|
07/16/2011 10:17 PM EDT
A little entertainment while you view the demolition, perhaps?
|@ LACarmageddon : Traveling band gives impromptu concert above 405 http://t.co/wkYrpMa #Carmageddon|
Props for capitalizing on all the media coverage.
07/16/2011 8:33 PM EDT
The thanks keep pouring in!
|@ santamonicacity : Thank everyone for keeping off the roads & proving that we can all work together to turn a challenging situation into something manageable.|
07/16/2011 8:27 PM EDT
The streets are eerily empty...
Encouraged by consistent reports of light traffic, Huffpost LA traveled west on Sunset Boulevard this morning to catch a glimpse of the empty 10-mile stretch of the i-405. Check out the photos here.