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Carmageddon worries Laurel Canyon residents

Residents living along roads like Laurel Canyon Blvd. are dreading what 'Carmaggedon' will be like in their neighborhood.
July 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
When the 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway shuts down for two full days, all those cars have to go somewhere, and some residents living along key alternate roads like Laurel Canyon Boulevard are dreading what "Carmaggedon" weekend will be like in their neighborhood.

Laurel Canyon Boulevard is a popular short cut to Studio City, but when the 405 shutters from the 101 to the 10 freeways beginning the night of July 15, some residents along the corridor say their street will become an alternate freeway.

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"I think most of us have prepared or made the decision on whether we'll travel these routes," said Cassandra Barrere, president of the Laurel Canyon Association.

Barrere said her main concern is first responders when the two-lane road is bumper-to-bumper.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority says safety is their main concern.

"Law enforcement, fire, transportation and emergency management agencies ... are not recommending motorists access Sepulveda Boulevard or any canyon passes as alternate routes, as these are intended for local access only," said Dave Sotero of the MTA.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate freeways.

People who live in Sherman Oaks also expect more congestion on Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

"I think I'm just going to be staying home, get my shopping done early and possibly get my shopping done in the other direction at other stores," Sherman Oaks resident Jennifer Haaland said.

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