Unless you've lived under water for the last month, you've probably heard that a stretch of the 405 Freeway will close for 10 miles this Friday to Sunday, weekend, from the 10 to the 101 freeways.
In advance of the 53 hour closure, which is set to begin no earlier than 7 p.m. on Friday, and should be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging motorists to "plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home."
In an effort to help you do just that, here a five suggestions we think will make carmageddon far less painful.
1. Embrace Two-Wheel Transportation
What's certain is that Los Angeles' major highways; including California Routes 2, and 134 as well as Interstate-10, will all see increased congestion. What's not certain is how neighborhood streets will be impacted. Though increased local traffic in neighborhoods like Montrose and La Crescenta are unlikely, this coming weekend should serve as a daunting wake-up call to those of us overly reliant on cars. How about grab a bike and pedal around town?
2. Throw a Block Party
Like it or not, we're all going to be stuck in the neighborhood together this weekend. Why not make the most of it? Stoke up your grill and toss stock up on supplies from or . Or, how about a carry-out pizza from ?
3. Hang out in the Park
Unless you've got a private helicopter, chances are you're not going to the beach this weekend. However, you can still soak up some sun locally. Why not head over to ? Or ? Or ?
4. Catch a Movie
Check out a new flick at nearby ! It's a great way to avoid the traffic and the summer heat. Make sure you get in line early, though, as the highly anticipated conclusion of the Harry Potter series debuts this weekend.
5. Embrace Public Transportation
If you must leave the neighborhood this weekend, rail is your best bet. While you'll have to pay full price for a Gold Line ticket, you can ride for free once you hop onto the red, orange or purple lines. Select bus fares will also be reduced. Check Metro's website for more information.