405 Carmageddon machine cranks up

kiewit-snake-soqui.jpgI'm starting to lose track of all the PR come-ons that are trying to tie into the July 15-18 closure of the 405 freeway over Sepulveda Pass. None are worth mentioning here. This is legitimately interesting, though. The LAPD is calling on celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and even Kim Kardashian to help out and tweet info on the freeway shutdown to their million-plus Twitter followers. None have so far taken the department up on the offer.

Also in Carmgaeddon news:

  • Metro officials took part in an online chat today answering questions about the 405 shutdown.
  • The city of Santa Monica announced that it too will activate its emergency operations center during the shutdown. The LAPD, LAFD, CHP, Metro and other agencies will have a joint incident command post during the weekend that the freeway is closed.
  • Contractor Kiewit Pacific will pay a $6,000 penalty for each ten minutes the freeway is late opening on Monday, July 18.
  • Photojournalist Ted Soqui posted some pictures from the 405 work scene, including the rattlesnake warning above. Over the weekend I spotted a dead snake in the middle of Mulholland Drive about 100 feet from that sign.
  • Actor Erik Estrada, who played Officer Frank Poncharello in the 1970s TV show “CHiPs,” taped a public service announcement for Metro.

LA Observed video: One minute on the 405
Previously on LA Observed: Our 405 coverage

Photo: Ted Soqui

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