Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this morning released a video in English and Spanish urging Los Angeles area residents to make this weekend’s closure of the I-405 an opportunity to explore neighborhoods near where they live, to support local small businesses, to discover public transportation and to use their bikes to get around.
From Friday night at midnight to Monday early morning the I-405 will be shut down between the 101 and 10 freeways to help build the last remaining gap of the I-405 carpool lane network. When completed in 2013 the new network will provide commuters with a continuous carpool lane from Orange County all the way to the San Fernando Valley, saving drivers 10 minutes a day over the highly congested Sepulveda Pass.
In the video Mayor Villaraigoa urges all Angelenos to chip in and turn “Carmageddon” into a unique opportunity to explore Los Angeles.
To see the video go to metro.net. For a list of fun things to do in Los Angeles without a car visit the Mayor’s Facebook page at facebook.com/AntonioVillaraigosa. For updated information about the closure follow @I_405 on Twitter.