Friday is "Carmageddon" day and the 405 Freeway closure through the Sepulveda Pass this weekend could very well create a traffic gridlock if enough people don't stay off the roads. Those in neighborhoods closest to the shutdown are already making plans to stay put.
The fear is that when they shut the freeway down for construction, all that traffic will choke other freeways and roadways, especially in areas around the closure.
Don't expect to find any street parking on two major thoroughfares. No stopping/tow-away zones are in place on Ventura Boulevard's south side between Balboa Blvd. and Sherman Oaks Ave. And on the north side of Ventura between Noble Avenue and Sepulveda.
Same goes on both sides Sepulveda from Greenleaf Street to Valley Vista Boulevard. No parking on the west side of Sepulveda from Valley Vista to the 405, as well as on the east side from Moraga Drive to Ovada Place.
The LAFD will bring in 200 extra firefighters and paramedics over the weekend to make sure the department can still respond in a timely manner to 911 calls in the area affected by the closure.
The department says there will also be an additional fifteen fire engines and six ambulances staged at three fire stations in the area. Helicopters will be on standby, ready to fly to medical emergencies that cannot be reached on the ground.
A 10-mile section of the 405, between the 10 Freeway and the 101 Freeway will close for 53 hours this weekend, July 16-17.
The ramps will shut down at 7 p.m. Friday and the closure could begin as early as 10 p.m. to begin demolishing the Mulholland Bridge, as part of the $1 billion Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project.