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L.A. Transportation Authority Says Warnings Deflected ‘Carmaggedon’

Many Los Angelenos expected the weekend closure of the 405 freeway to cause “carmaggedon,” bumper-to-bumper traffic like the world has never seen.

Instead, things went off without a hitch, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority says that’s because it gave drivers ample advanced warning, including signs on freeways and even some help from celebrities like Ashton Kutcher on Twitter. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called it “carmaheaven.” Gizmodo has a kind of eerie three-minute video showing the empty stretches of highway (also available after the jump).

JetBlue even managed to get a little PR out of the closure, offering $4 flights from Burbank to Long Beach.

 

Running on Empty (Revisited) from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

 

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