‘Carmageddon’ May Bring Curtain Down On LA Entertainment Options

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A planned shutdown of a key stretch of the 405 Freeway next weekend may not have a very happy ending for drivers headed to Southland entertainment venues.

The closure between the 10 and 101 freeways over the July 16th weekend is expected to bring extra headaches for sports fans and food aficionados alike.

While the Dodgers and Angels are out of town on “Carmageddon” weekend, the L.A. Galaxy are set to play a big game at the Coliseum downtown.

And as KNX 1070’s John Baird reports, police are warning people to plan ahead — or risk getting caught in the crush.

“The Coliseum seats over 92,000 people, so that’s potentially a large number of vehicles that will be traversing to the downtown area,” said LAPD Lieutenant Andy Neiman.

There’s also a big tasting event planned for the Rose Bowl that weekend:  the L.A. Street Food Fest, which is offering patrons to stay local and take advantages of exclusive hotel deals.

And while Pasadena is on the other side of town from the Sepulveda Pass, event co-founder Shawna Dawson said vendors are still keeping their fingers crossed.

“We are far enough east that it should not be an issue,” said Dawson.

The same may not go for the Eat Real Festival at the Helms Bakery Complex in Culver City, which is slightly off the beaten path, but still close enough to the 405 Freeway to take away even the heartiest of appetites.

“I don’t think anyone knows what to expect,” said vendor Susan Coss.

  • duh

    Good Lord, it’s ONE FREAK ‘IN WEEKEND… talk about a media bleeding every last mile out their little ‘pet name’ for the closure…

  • Josh Butts

    Damn KNX and everyone else makes this sound like it is the end of the world. I wonder how many reporters are going to be standing by the freeway for “up to the minute” updates or how many time during to day there will be “breaking news” on these stations. They just poured another 100 pounds of concrete and we’ll keep monitoring this……Back to you in the studio.

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