With notices blaring from freeways and media outlets to "stay home," Angelenos took note of the 405 closure dubbed "Carmageddon." This temporary closure of a portion of the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways caught the attention of not only locals but the nation as whole. Slighted to be a comedic bit of conversation to some, Carmageddon reignited the discussion on projects to freeway infrastructure, highlighting 1950s designs, funding issues, and growing transportation demands. Many shared notable undertakings such as Boston's Big Dig or the Bay Bridge sectional replacement, all of which took a considerable amount of time to construct.
With the need to figure out what impacts could be felt with Carmageddon, if any, outlets referred to the Luskin School's Institure of Transportation studies experts including Director Brian Taylor , Associate Director Allison Yoh , and postdoctoral scholar Michael Manville. These transportation experts spoke to media outlets to explain the nature of the project and its impacts. These stories can be seen below.
Michael Manville talks to CNN:
Allison Yoh talks to NBC:
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