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Airpots readying for 'Carmageddon 2'

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carmageddon2 Airpots readying for 'Carmageddon 2'

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(CNS) – Los Angeles World Airports today announced plans to ready its two airports likely to be effected by the forthcoming closure at the end of September of the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass in order to demolish the Mulholland Bridge.

Transportation officials will close the freeway, an event being dubbed “Carmageddon 2,” the weekend of Sept. 29-30.

On Sept. 28, ramps along the closure area will begin to be shut down as early as 7 p.m., and individual freeway lanes will close beginning at 10 p.m., with the entire freeway expected to be blocked off by midnight between the Santa Monica (10) and Ventura (101) freeways.

The closure is expected to continue until 5 a.m. Oct. 1

Airport officials forecast that Los Angeles International Airport will see about 172,000 passengers and accommodate 66,000 vehicles each day that weekend.

The airport is providing special training to about 300 volunteers and customer service representatives to help customers with ground transportation during the closure.

LAWA officials encouraged airlines, rental car companies and tour operators to directly notify their customers using the airport that weekend.

The airport plans to run each of its four LAX FlyAway bus routes, but the Van Nuys service might be forced to use surface streets instead of the 405.

To keep cars off the road and minimize traffic from the closure, LAX passengers should take Metro or Metrolink rail to Union Station and catch the $7 FlyAway bus to the airport, officials said.

Officials expect no significant impacts at Van Nuys Airport, which is largely used for private flights.

The airports will post current information about the highway closure at www.lawa.org/405.

The demolition and reconstruction of the Mulholland bridge is part of the $1 billion Sepulveda Pass improvement project that is adding a 10-mile northbound carpool lane and making other upgrades along the route. The project is expected to be completed next year.

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