Los Angeles appears to have emerged unscathed from what was supposed to be the worst part of the 405 freeway shutdown. Also, some cyclists raced a JetBlue flight during Carmageddon, and won.
The warnings of city-wide traffic gridlock issued by local government and the media appear to have worked. L.A. residents are mostly taking public transportation, walking, biking, ride-sharing, and just staying home. Indeed, the traffic in L.A. appears even lighter than normal for a Saturday afternoon.
Some businesses and groups are making use of the media attention Carmageddon brought to L.A. Jetblue sold $4 tickets to fly from Burbank to Long Beach on Saturday. more >>
Day one of the Los Angeles freeway weekend closure known as “Carmageddon” began without major incident Saturday morning, although it’s too early to rule out any commuter meltdowns.
The full closure of the 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405, which is considered one of the busiest in the United States, began Friday evening at midnight and is scheduled to end Monday at 5 a.m.
Officials said the shutdown was necessary so that construction crews could tear down half of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the freeway and add car pool lanes. more >>
With the weekend shutdown of one of the busiest stretches of freeways in the U.S. just hours away, Los Angeles is doing what the city does best – making the closure a Hollywood-style event.
Dubbed long ago as “Carmageddon,” the 53-hour closure of 10 miles of Interstate 405 begins Friday some time around 7 p.m. and is scheduled to end Monday at 5 a.m.
Early Friday morning, media vans from every major news station lined the sides of this stretch of freeway that normally accommodates a half-million cars on any given weekend. But the hype started long ago. more >>
A stretch of Los Angeles’ Interstate 405 that is considered one of the busiest freeway sections in the nation will be shut down for 53 hours beginning early Friday evening. The closure has local commuters and media asking one question:
Will “Carmageddon” happen this weekend?
The name “Carmageddon” was coined by local news stations that have been running regular reports for weeks that have been intensifying in frequency as the weekend approaches. Some stations are promising “round-the-clock” coverage of alternate route congestion and the potential 64-mile backup. more >>
In the potpourri of doomsday predictions (Harold Camping’s misfire included), most do not include a way out or a safe haven. Enter a small town in France and the New Age cults prophecy for Armageddon on December 21, 2012.
Rumors swirling on the Internet in the last several months point to Bugarach – a town on a hilltop in the southwest of France – as the only place to survive the end of the world as predicted by some using the Mayan calendar.
The Mayan calendar reaches 5,000 years in 530 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes, and 21 seconds, according to a countdown clock found at MayanCalendar2012.org (at the time of this writing). more >>
Harold Camping, known for his failed May 21 rapture prediction, has been moved to a nursing facility after he was hospitalized earlier this month for a stroke, Family Radio Network said Tuesday.
"Mr. Camping has been moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility, where he is undergoing rehabilitation to regain his strength," Family Radio, where Camping serves as general manager and president, said in a special announcement posted Tuesday on its website.
"Mr. and Mrs. Camping greatly appreciate all the cards, letters and flowers they have received, as well as your continuing thoughts and prayers. God has been very merciful," the announcement stated. more >>