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California aims to avoid 'Carmageddon' during freeway closure

 Southbound Lanes of Interstate 5
California Interstate 5
Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 19:19:39-05

Authorities are putting the word out ahead of a major freeway closure next month, hoping to avoid - as they did in 2012 - a traffic nightmare they've nicknamed Carmageddon, Transit officials will be closing a section of Interstate 5 on the weekend of April 25-27 as part of a major improvement project that involves tearing down a bridge.

They are warning people who travel through the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank to stay entirely away from that freeway section during those days.

If they don't, officials say, a backup that could gridlock highways all across Southern California could result.