Just did a training in writing voice and aggregation with trainers from NPR; here’s the super fast post about Carmageddon that I wrote!
Carmageddon II: The 405 Strikes Back
This September, be afraid. Be very afraid. The traffic threat that terrified Los Angeles is once again rearing its ugly head, with I-405 shutting downin both directions for 10 miles on either side of the Sepulveda Pass.
Contractors already demolished one side of the Mulholland Bridge during the first Carmageddon, but there’s been another side lurking that needed to go down too, and that time has come.
The 405 is the busiest freeway in the country, which makes the prospect of it being shut down for 53 hours between I-10 and U.S. 101 enough to cause authorities from Metro, Caltrans, Metrolink, the LAPD, the California Highway Patrol, the L.A. Department of Transportation and the L.A. Fire Department to caution the public to watch out.
What can you do? Authorities advised the public in a press release to plan ahead, avoid the area and stay local while eating, shopping and seeking entertainment.
Is all the fear warranted? The first Carmageddon ended up with roads seeming relatively clear and free, with lighter traffic than usual, but that followed a long awareness campaign. Will motorists pay attention a second time around?
“I have every confidence they’ll rise to the occasion again,” said L.A. County supervisor and Metro board member Zev Yaroslavsky, according to the Huffington Post.“Let’s make this another Carmageddon-Schmarmageddon experience for us all.”
Spectators should probably stay away — not only to avoid the traffic, but because it’s not expected to be very spectacular, NBC L.A. reports.