L.A.’s New Traffic Nightmare: ‘Jamzilla’
Los Angeles is the city that not only hosts some of the most nightmarish traffic jams in the world but also gives them cute names. So in 2011 and 2012, drivers had to contend with Carmageddon, Parts I and II, a pair of freeway closures staged to facilitate work on Interstate 405 between central L.A. and the San Fernando Valley.
Next month, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority says, Jamzilla will visit the region’s roadways.
The agency known locally as Metro says a major paving project, part of a years-long project to widen and improve the freeway, will shut down all lanes on northbound I-405 for four nights over Presidents Day weekend. Officials say “Jamzilla” reflects the possibility of “monstrous” traffic conditions during the closure.
It will be noted that Angeleños seemed to soldier on during the previous shutdowns of what Southern Californians persist in calling “the 405.”
Here’s the video from Metro’s Jamzilla press conference:Related