The “Carmageddon II” closure of the 405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass is here. Affected freeway on- and off-ramps begin closing at 7 p.m. Friday. At a minute past midnight the entire freeway will shut down. It’s scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, just ahead of the morning traffic rush.
Here is a rundown of Carmageddon discounts, the helicopters and firefighter preparedness, courtesy of City News Service:
About 300 local eateries and attractions will be offering discounts this weekend to encourage motorists to stay off freeways during .
Metro, which is overseeing the $1 billion Sepulveda Pass freeway improvement project, has partnered with about 300 merchants throughout the area to offer discounts ranging from 10 to 50 percent during the closure.
An interactive map with information about discounts is available on Metro’s website, www.metro.net.
Local TV stations will take part in a pool system this weekend to reduce air traffic and avoid disturbing residents with excessive helicopter noise during news coverage.
Coordinated by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, the pool will limit air traffic to a single helicopter that will fly over the closure area before the top of the hours when major newscasts are scheduled weekend evenings and Monday morning.
No other flights will take place unless an emergency occurs, according to the RTNA.
The Los Angeles Fire Department will have more firefighters and paramedics working on the Westside, including motorcycle teams capable of weaving through gridlocked traffic in an emergency.
Extra personnel will be deployed at three fire stations serving the Mountain Gate community, Encino Hills, Bel-Air, Beverly Glen and West Los Angeles.
The fire department’s motorcycle teams, which include two firefighter/EMTs, will be stationed on both sides of the 405 — notorious for being the world’s busiest freeway. They will also be used to provide traffic reports around the closed section of freeway.