Los Angeles is notorious for its traffic which makes this story totally insane! For a city whose residents are heavily dependent on driving as their main source of transportation, the city is about to be in a state of chaos. The Daily Mail reports:
It is usually fender to fender with cars as millions of Californians go about their daily lives.
But Los Angeles was home to eerie ghost roads last night as the crucial Freeway 405 was shut at midnight in an event dubbed ‘Carmageddon’.
The busy highway is normally shorthand for ‘traffic that moves no faster than 4 or 5 miles an hour’ and its closure was predicted to throw LA into chaos.
Police, fire trucks and ambulance crews were on standby but cars flowed freely along the region’s freeways, as residents heeded warnings to stay off local roads to prevent a gridlock disaster.
With most people staying at home, the few who braved setting out on Friday night got to experience ‘eerily open’ lanes and the ‘quickest Friday commute ever’.
Motorists took to Twitter to marvel at the rare sight of traffic maps showing a sea of green, indicating that traffic was flowing.
‘Carmaggedon? More like carmaheaven. No traffic in L.A.,’ tweeted Chip Dorsh, who said he breezed through a canyon road to get from his job in Culver City to the San Fernando Valley. ‘When I left work, it was like a no man’s land,’ he said.
However there are fears that the worst traffic chaos will hit the city today and tomorrow.
A 10-mile stretch of the 405 connecting the west side of the city with the San Fernando Valley was scheduled to close for 53 hours beginning on Friday night.
SOURCE: [Daily Mail]
Traffic caused by “Carmageddon.”
An empty freeway which would usually have bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Major roads are closed off in California.
A family takes a picture in front of the empty freeway.