Official: 'Car-mageddon' possible with 405 closure

By DAISY NGUYEN | June 6, 2011 | 2:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities are bracing for a full-blown traffic nightmare when a section of vital Interstate 405 undergoes a weekend closure this summer.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Monday motorists should stay away from the area to prevent what he terms "car-mageddon." He and other officials are urging people to do the unthinkable in Los Angeles on a summer weekend — stay home.

The route from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside is routinely jammed with commuters and traffic connecting to other major highways.

A 10-mile stretch through Sepulveda Pass will be closed for 53 hours for demolition of half of a bridge spanning the freeway.

Officials held a news conference Monday to warn drivers well in advance of the shutdown planned for the weekend of July 16-17.