What's Your Favorite Traffic-Themed Nickname for the Big July 405 Shutdown?
During a press conference held this morning by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local officials, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy referred to the 53 hours in mid-July when the 405 Freeway will be shut down for the Mulholland Bridge demolition as "car-mageddon." Good one, Mr. Y!
Yaroslavsky can also take credit for another nickname for the project, the "mother of all traffic jams," according to CBS2, who note that officials are warning motorists about this traffic "nightmare."
The nightmare, of course, is when the 405 is going to be shut down exactly where it could hurt the most. Metro recently explained:
On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to be shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m. During this closure, the Mulholland Bridge, I-405 freeway and access ramps will be closed.
Gah! We've called this a "blackout" and "fubar," but, frankly, so far it hasn't gotten much better than "car-mageddon." (Though not concise, we do appreciate our readers who referred to that weekend as "aka going out of town" time.) What's your favorite traffic-themed nicknamed for this upcoming bleak period in our driving lives? Come on—it's gonna hurt less if we laugh about it!