A Los Angeles Chauffeurs Guide to Carmageddon 2012

“Last year, we proved that Angelenos could rise to the occasion and cooperate to turn Carmageddon into ‘Carmaheavan’ It was truly one of L.A.’s finest moments.”- L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Carmageddon 2012

It’s that time again!  Carmageddon II is right around the corner.  About this time last year Carmageddon 2011 ended up being something akin to the ‘Rapture’  – magically turning the streets of L.A. into a big empty.  Will Mayor Villaraigosa’s  sentiment hold true this time around ?  Or, will many motorists become complacent about the second and final coming of freeway closures, beginning at 7 pm. Saturday, Sept. 28th and ending at 5 am. October 1st

What are they doing?!

The 405 freeway is one of the busiest freeways in North America with about 250, 000 vehicles traveling every weekend.  Caltrans crews plan on closing down a 10-mile section of the 405 freeway on the Westside of LA, between the 10 and the 101.   Consequently, alternate routes around the Freeway are likely to be jammed. There is much work to be done this time around.   There are two columns that need to be demolished and replaced, almost twice as much work in the same amount of time.  Officials are concerned that since Carmageddon 2011 turned out to be a fluke for many, there will be less concern this time around-turning the streets into gridlock chaos.

Areas To Avoid

Canyon roads will be congested from Malibu to Hollywood, as will the surface streets that feed into them.  Bruce Gillman of the city’s Department of Transportation suggested that those who choose to drive stick to detour posted freeways .  “If people want to go out and drive, they could be putting themselves into a very frustrating situation,” Gilman said

Other likely trouble spots include Beverly Glen Boulevard, Benedict Canyon Drive, Coldwater Canyon Drive, Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Cahuenga Boulevard. In West Los Angeles, surface streets around junction of the 405 and the 10 freeways also could be jammed.  Officials are advising to stay as far away from  the 405 as possible.

Solutions

As corporate transportation specialists with over 20 years of experience with Los Angeles traffic,  we advise to avoid driving at all this time around.  If within the city of Los Angeles is unavoidable, do NOT attempt to drive on your own.  Many motorists have opted instead to hire a professional chauffeur driven service.  Top tier Limo companys have the latest cutting edge technology in street traffic updates and routing.  A few maintain a staff of professionally screened chauffeurs, many hail from the emergency service sector.  Don’t be hesitant to call upon these companies to inquire about service protocol and rates during the weekend of Carmageddon 2012

Resources

Additional information on the closure and alternative routes can be found:
http://www.metro.net/405.

Traffic condition updates are available at:
http://go511.com.

L.A. City DOT Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (ATSAC) system at:
www.trafficinfo.lacity.org/index.html.

For traffic on streets in and around LAX:
http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/html/lax.html 

Caltrans provides current traffic status on California highways and state roads at:
www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi 

Twitter
Several organizations will post Tweets with up-to-the-minute conditions
Metro tweets can be found by signing up :@I-405.

For Tweets on airport and traffic conditions in an around LAX,  find LAX’s Twitter account at: www.Twitter.com/LAX_Official

A&E Worldwide Limousine is a private for-Hire Chauffeured Service based in Los Angeles. They provide a boutique level of luxury transportation services in over 350 cities worldwide. For a complete list of services and rates visit them online at aeworldwidelimo.com or contact info@aeworldwidelimo.com For faster service call the Los Angeles office directly at 818-324-0607.

special thanks to: Latimes.com, @LAWeeklyNews, Zazzle.com

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