Apocalyptic chaos is about to break loose in Los Angeles. Or so everyone has been saying.
As one of the most populated cities in the country prepares for the 53-hour closure of the vital 405 freeway, many are worried that “Carmageddon” could become a disaster for the weekend transit. But this dreaded closure may not actually be as bad as it is hyped up to be. This could be the perfect time for some much needed relaxation at home, or time to enjoy local shops, restaurants, and scenic locations that may often be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
How far will the effects of the closed 405 reach? What will happen to the transit in San Diego? The 405 is technically called the San Diego Freeway. It’s possible that the gridlock in L.A. could have a domino effect further south, especially for San Diegans who are hoping to travel into Orange County or Los Angeles this weekend. The 405 is considered the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States, and all those cars will be forced to choose a different route. But while this closure is a major inconvenience, there are countless ways to avoid the chaos. If the people of L.A. could handle themselves before the 405 construction in 1961, we can too, especially with the infinitely larger arsenal of technological distractions we have at our disposal. Even the Los Angeles Visitors Bureau is tweeting @discover_LA 405 things to do instead of driving on the 405. Some great ideas include walking around your local area and admiring the scenery and architecture, picking up a new book, checking out the many specials that shops and restaurants are offering this weekend, or taking a scenic bike ride. Because how much better is this:
This weekend might be crazy, so just sit tight, maybe even pick up an “I Survived Carmageddon T-Shirt”, and relax. But perhaps the best way to avoid the Carmageddon disaster is the same as the best way to avoid any disaster: stay in San Diego!