Sunday, July 17, 2011

CARMAGEDDON!

Traffic trickling down Friday evening on the 405
as on-ramps are being closed off.
Mulholland Bridge in the background
Looking south at the bare 405 after the freeway closure


Southern view from the Skirball Center Drive Bridge


A cushioning layer of dirt is laid on the 405
and demolition begins on the southern side
of the bridge, rock by rock.





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Hole by hole the bridge is broken apart


Debris tumbles onto the 405, which is protected by the layer of dirt.


The bridge's innards


A worker attentively backs up dangerously close to the crumbling bridge


Workers shower the bridge down with fire hoses


The workers seem to be as entertained as the rest of us


Only the southern half of the bridge is demolished.
The northern half will come down next year in
CARMAGEDDON: Part TWO






























The demolition is complete one day ahead of schedule


The remaining half of the bridge is open to traffic and pedestrians





The fallen column


The remaining northern side of the Mulholland Bridge


The wonderful effects of Carmageddon on traffic


The 405 and the San Fernando Valley in the background

And now you too have survived CARMAGEDDON!