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The first southbound cars, escorted by the California Highway Patrol, approach the Mulholland Drive bridge after the 405 Freeway was reopened following its closure for half the bridge to be demolished this weekend. The freeway opened about 17 hours earlier than anticipated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

California Highway Patrol officers remove closure signs at the Cotner and Tennessee avenue entrance ramp to the southbound 405.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

California Highway Patrol officers lead the first motorists to travel southbound on the 405 Freeway under the Mulholland Drive bridge after half of it was demolished.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Tom LaBonge join officials to wave at the first motorists to travel under the Mulholland Drive bridge after half of it was demolished.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Clean-up crews make final passes for sweeping and inspection of the 405 Freeway after major demolition is finished on the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Crews walk the lanes of the 405 Freeway looking for any remaining debris after major demolition is finished on the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A worker makes some final repairs on the 405 Freeway after demolition on the Mulholland Drive bridge is completed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Crews begin to clean up dirt and debris after major demolition is finished on the Mulholland Drive bridge across the 405 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The western pillar of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway slams to the ground in a cloud of dust during early morning demolition Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Work continues as sunrise approaches at the Mulholland Drive bridge site Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Sunrise over the Mulholland Drive bridge Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

One of the pillars of the Mulholland Drive bridge is knocked over at 4:50 a.m. Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Amlotte / Los Angeles Times

Demolition crews continue to work on the Mulholland Drive bridge as the 405 Freeway remains closed between the 10 and 101 freeways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

The evening rolls on as crews continue to demolish the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Demolition crews expose the metal bars that reinforced the concrete of the Mulholland Drive bridge Saturday evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

As crews continue to demolish the Mulholland Drive bridge Saturday evening, the 405 Freeway remains closed between the I-10 and 101 freeways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Heavy equipment digs into the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A 10-mile portion of the the 405 is closed while work continues on the demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge in the Sepulveda Pass July 16, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A view of the bridge from the freeway surface.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Members of the media took a brief tour of the closed 405 Freeway early Saturday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Frank Aguilera, photographer for the City of Los Angeles, kneels on the closed 405 Freeway while work continues on the demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky surveys the work being done on the 405 Freeway just south of the demolition site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Fiddle player James Letorgeon, drummer Chuck Pendley and guitarist Morgan Letorgeon of The LTG Brothers perform in the public viewing area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Monica Angrand is in good spirits in the public viewing area. She made a Karmageddon T-shirt for the event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Noel Bell biked 12 miles from his home in Culver City to see the action.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Lorraine Alessandro, owner of Valley Leather, begins to cut a "CARmageddon Cake," at the Encino store.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villagraigosa tours the demolition site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

People clad in Caltrans orange spell out 405 in a park near the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

People in orange like that worn by Caltrans workers form a smiley face in a park near the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A group in orange forms a sad face in a park near the site of the bridge demolition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view of the intersection of the 405 and 101 freeways in the San Fernando Vally looking south.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A big chunk of the Mulholland Drive bridge is gone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The freeway is empty as the demolition continues.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Looking south over the demolition site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A plane flies over a nearly deserted Sepulveda and Lincoln boulevards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The juncture of the Marina and 405 freeways is nearly deserted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Some homeowners around the closed section of the 405 Freeway were complaining about the helicopter noise on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

Shiho Nakaza holds a sketch she made of the 405 Freeway at the Sunset Boulevard bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

About noon Saturday, demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge continues.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Rod Liber holds daughter Samantha, 3, as Ava Liber covers her eyes at the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

The 405 Freeway is nearly deserted Saturday in the Sepulveda Pass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Greg Carney, in the background, photographs the Mulholland Drive bridge from his Bel-Air neighborhood Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Nick Peach, left, and Kevin Norris take a charter helicopter to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The 405 Freeway stands deserted on Saturday during work to demolish the south side of the Mullholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Bel-Air resident Noreen Shortway has her picture taken by a friend on the Sunset Boulevard bridge, with the deserted 405 Freeway behind her.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The view looking south from the 17th floor of the Angeleno Hotel at Sunset Boulevard shows a deserted stretch of the 405 freeway along part of the closure area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

A view of the 405 Freeway looking south from the 17th floor of the Angeleno Hotel at Sunset Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The 405 Freeway as seen from the 17th floor of the Angeleno Hotel at Sunset Boulevard. The historic closure is causing drivers to stay away and they are using alternate routes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The view looking north from the Sunset Boulevard, with the Angeleno Hotel at left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

LAPD officer Jason Azpeitia takes a picture with his cellphone of the deserted 405 Freeway looking north from the Sunset Boulevard bridge. Except for a few service vehicles the freeway is empty due to the 10-mile closure between the I-10 and 101 freeways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Glenn Greenfield watches the removal of the Mulholland Drive bridge with scarlet macaw "Kramer" on his shoulder.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

A worker on the 405 Freeway under the Mulholland Drive bridge Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Crews continue their work on the Mulholland Drive bridge at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

The view south of an empty 405 Freeway on Saturday as workers remove part of the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The 405 Freeway on Saturday is empty as workers remove part of the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Pieces of concrete hang as the southern section of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway is demolished Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

MTA board member Richard Katz and his son Mitchell, 4, watch the demolition of southern section of Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A bicyclist watches construction at the 405 and Mulholland Drive.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Debris falls from the Mulholland Drive bridge as a worker sprays water to keep the dust at bay.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Work continues at about 7 a.m. Saturday morning at the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Men and machines at work demolishing the southern section of the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Workers stand next to the bridge Friday on piles of dirt that will be loaded onto the the freeway under the Mulholland Drive bridge to cushion the roadway from falling debris during demolition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Workers cut away metal barriers along the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A worker passes warning signs at the construction site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Sparks shower from the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway as workers start cutting rebar early Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Crews punch holes and cut rebar as work begins to raze the southern section of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dirt is spread under the bridge to protect the 405 Freeway from falling debris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A construction crew member walks on a blanket of dirt spread over the 405 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Just after midnight, work begins to raze the southern section of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the Freeway 405 Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The last of the Friday night traffic passes the Mulholland Drive bridge on the 405 Freeway before the full closure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A crew closes the Skirball Center Drive onramp to the northbound 405 Freeway in preparation for the Mulholland Drive bridge work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Rodney Brown, 47, of Silver Lake plays freeway closure music, "Much Hoo-Doo About Nothing," at the closed Skirball Center Drive onramp on Friday evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Pedestrians cross Sherman Oaks Avenue minutes after the 405 onramp was closed at 7 p.m. Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Ralph Lopez greets guests for a KFI radio event hosted by Tim Conway Jr. celebrating "Carmageddon" at the Sherman Oaks Marriott Courtyard hotel, near the 405 and 101 freeways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Rojo, right, and Felix Jaquez man the registration table for a KFI radio event near the 405 and 101 freeways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Traffic control personnel block the southbound 405 onramp at Ventura Boulevard and Sherman Oaks Avenue on Friday evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

A traffic control worker peers over signs placed at the entrance to the southbound 405 freeway onramp at Ventura Boulevard and Sherman Oaks Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

Rich Dickison of Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. takes a photo of traffic from the Mulholland Drive bridge, half of which is to be demolished this weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Kenny Stephens of Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. carries a bundle of fencing material as workers prepare the southern half of Mulholland Drive bridge for overnight demolition work.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Matthew Trumbo, safety officer for Penhall Company, takes a photo of Mulholland Drive bridge as workers prepare to demolish half of it.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Adam Kessel, left, and Glen Greenberg hawk "Carmaggedon 405" T-shirts for $10 apiece at the corner of Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards. A dollar from each sale is to be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Actor David Caruso buys five "Carmaggedon 405" T-shirts at the corner of Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards. Glen Greenberg and friends have been selling the shirts for two days, each averaging 90 sold each day. He says one dollar from each sale will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A sign on the southbound 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks warns of traffic delays that will start Friday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Traffic on the 405 just north of Mulholland Drive on Friday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Traffic still flows Friday morning under the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Signs warn not to enter what will become a demolition zone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Traffic flows Friday morning on the northern half of the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Mike Flowers, a safety manager for Kiewit Construction, walks the south half of the Mulholland Drive bridge Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Josh Hernandez of LaLonde Equipment off-loads a point for one of the jack hammers to be used during demolition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Media outlets set up Friday morning for live broadcasts near the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Damir Loretic a photojournalist with CNN, starts setting up Friday morning near the Mulholland Drive bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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[Watch the time lapse video of "Carmageddon"]

Interstate 405, the freeway known simply as the 405, was built as a bypass of Interstate 5 and is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the nation.

It begins in Irvine at the El Toro Y, where the two freeways divide, with the 405 following a more southerly route through Orange County and into Los Angeles County, generally paralleling the Pacific coastline. After slicing through West L.A., it enters the Sepulveda Pass in the Santa Monica Mountains, crossing over to the San Fernando Valley to rejoin Interstate 5 near Mission Hills.

The 405 has been undergoing a widening project for several years with comparatively little disruption to traffic since much of the work has been done after dark. This weekend that all changes. A 10-mile stretch of the freeway between the 10 and the 101 is being shut down at midnight Friday to allow for demolition of the south half of the Mulholland Drive bridge for later reconstruction to accommodate a widened freeway beneath. Work crews will have about 53 hours  to complete this mammoth task, or risk facing a fine of $6,000 for every 10 minutes the freeway remains closed after the  deadline.

For Los Angeles, a sprawling city defined in many measures by its car culture, this could turn a sunny summer weekend into a gridlocked nightmare, since the north-south alternatives can’t come close to the 405’s capacity and convenience.

Step away from the car, keep your fingers crossed and join us for the journey.

18 Comments

  1. July 15, 2011, 11:36 pm

    your gallery doesn’t work in Google Chrome. please fix it.

    By: felix
  2. July 16, 2011, 1:19 am

    "So, this traffic is really going to be bad, right, Horatio."
    "Oh, this will be worse than bad. This will be (snaps sunglasses off)… CARMAGEDDON!"
    (YEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!)

    By: ddddd
  3. July 16, 2011, 9:14 am

    The 405 does not follow a southerly route through Orange County into Los Angeles. LA is North of the OC, please fix.

    By: HPHEP
  4. July 16, 2011, 11:17 am

    Your gallery does not work with Firefox either.

    By: Gwen
  5. July 16, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Love these images. They're great!

    By: Joy W
  6. July 16, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Instead of arresting traspassers, they need to open the road up to cyclists and pedestrians and make a street festival out of it. The road belongs to the public. Let them enjoy it for a change.

    By: jmacdoug@ucla.edu
  7. July 16, 2011, 2:18 pm

    hey that's David Caruso from Miami CSI

    By: amilliet@gmail.com
  8. July 16, 2011, 2:36 pm

    lmao

    By: aaaaaa
  9. July 16, 2011, 5:35 pm

    that is not the 405 and the 10. that's the 405 and the 90!

    By: KingV
  10. July 16, 2011, 7:27 pm

    Picture 9/64 is the 405/90 interchange, not the 405/10.

    By: beakt
  11. July 17, 2011, 1:42 am

    Wow, here in the UK it would take weeks for them to close the road, then weeks for nothing to happen and weeks for them to demolish the bridge, then months for nothing to happen again, and then weeks to rebuild the bridge, then everything would be left in a mess. By the time everything had returned to normal it would be time for another upgrade.

    By: jon
  12. July 17, 2011, 10:09 am

    Yes it does.

    By: clxcoltz
  13. July 17, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Two important tips for viewing the photos: 1) Start from the end to retain chronological order; 2) Turn on the captions. Without these, it's hard to make sense out of the slide show.

    By: microparsec.com
  14. July 17, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Great pics!!!

  15. July 18, 2011, 11:59 am

    its great work

    By: JOAB
  16. July 18, 2011, 4:31 pm

    The 405 is not an Interstate highway. The 405 in LA, the 405 in Seattle, the 605 in Downey, the 805 in San Diego, etc., all are loops and start and end in the same state. Therefore they are not "interstate".

    By: pdxboater
  17. September 5, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I think all the pictures in this slidshow are great specially the one of me taking shooting footage for the city of Los Angeles Ca for Channel 35 LA CITYVIEW. Thanks for the picture LA TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER MARK BOSTER.

    By: Frank Aguilera
  18. April 28, 2013, 6:10 am

    it damn sure aint a highway
    its an interstate b/c it has on and off ramps
    and 1 way traffic

    By: kronic bob

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