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5 Ways to Avoid the Impending Carmageddon

Trapped in South Pasadena for the weekend? Here's how to make the most of it!

As Northeast Los Angeles residents have probably read on lighted signs while driving along the Arroyo Seco Parkway in recent weeks, the I-405 will undergo 10-mile closure between routes 10 and 101 on the weekend of July 16-17.

The specific boundaries of the closure are the 10 miles between the I-10 and U.S. 101 on the Northbound I-405 and the 4 miles between the U.S. 101 and the Getty Center Drive Ramps on the Southbound I-405.

In advance of the 53 hour closure, which is set to begin no earlier than 7 p.m. on Friday July 15, and should be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging motorists to "plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home."

In an effort to help you do just that, here a six suggestions we think will make carmageddon far less painful.

1. Embrace Two-Wheel Transportation

What's certain is that Los Angeles' major highways; including California Routes 2, 110 and 134 as well as  Interstate-10, will all see increased congestion between the evening of Friday, July 15 and the morning of Monday, July 18. What's not certain is how neighborhood streets will be impacted. Though increased local traffic in neighborhoods like South Pasadena is unlikely, this coming weekend should serve as daunting wake-up call to those of us overly reliant on cars. Check out on Fair Oaks to buy a bike or get a tune-up. 

2. Throw a Block Party

Like it or not, we're all going to be stuck in the neighborhood together this weekend. Why not make the most of it? Stoke up your grill and toss stock up on supplies from some of the neighborhood's fine locally owned grocery shops. and both offer a wide supply of organic meats and vegetables.

3. Embrace the Local Nightlife

If you're a South Pasadena resident who typically spends their weekends on the Westside or in Hollywood, there's never been a better time than now to change that. Browse Patch's directory of local restaurants and galleries to map out a fun and intellectually stimulating weekend.  

4. Hang out in the Park

Unless you've got a private helicopter, chances are you're not going to the beach this weekend. However, you can still soak up some sun locally. South Pasadena is home to several parks where you can toss around a frisbee, relax with a book or run around with the family dog. Take a look at Patch columnist Laurie Allee's article for photos and a video of South Pas parks. And keep in mind, the second of the city's series will take place Sunday at Garfield Park.  

5. Embrace Public Transportation

If you must leave the neighborhood this weekend, rail is your best bet. While you'll have to pay full price for a Gold Line ticket, you can ride for free once you hop onto the red, orange or purple lines. Select bus fares will also be reduced. Check Metro's website for more information.

Elizabeth Short July 14, 2011 at 12:45 AM
This is too perfect not to share! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlLZ4RWyyAw
Shawna Dawson July 14, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Hit the epic LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl on Saturday! Take the Gold Line to Memorial Park station and use one of their FREE shuttles to the event. www.lastreetfoodfest.com
Kristen Lepore July 14, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Great idea. Thanks Shawna!

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