D-Day: Carmageddon Is Here!

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Jul. 15 2011, Published 4:30 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Staff Reporter

After much anticipation and dread among local Los Angeles residents, the day has come — it’s Carmageddon!

Many celebs have already skipped town or made plans to stay home in an effort to avoid the closing of the 405 for construction and all the congestion that will follow.

Check out what Hollywood is saying on Twitter:

Adam Levine — “I think I want to throw a tailgate party for Carmageddon. Meet me at the 405 tomorrow. Let's party.”

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Paris Hilton — Hey LA, who's scared of  Carmageddon? I'm not leaving my house to drive anywhere this weekend. Traffic is going to be #bRutal!

Busy Phillipps — Guys, let's keep this Emmy thing in perspective- we are a DAY away from CARMAGEDDON here in LA. So exciting!!!

Kyle Richards — I think #Carmageddon has already begun. Maybe people are getting out of LA early.

Mark Salling — Los Angeles is already carmageddon... I'm frightened.

Marlee Matlin — G'morning! Overcast in LA, everyone's gearing up for Carmageddon when our big freeway closes and I've got some meetings today. Be safe!

Michelle Trachtenberg — Dear @jk_rowling , would you please ask #HarryPotter  to make #Carmageddon disappear? Sincerely, The People of Los Angeles

Whitney Port -- This is why I'm staying far far away from LA this weekend... It's going to be chaos!

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Colin Hanks — OHHHHHHHHHH. Its CARmageddon, not KARMAgeddon. Well, that not nearly as scary. #StillNotLeavingMyHouseThisWeekend

Lo Bosworth — Hearing #Carmageddon is going to be worse than we think. Nightmare!

David Katzenberg -- There is a giant cloud following me today. #Carmageddon

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- 1 day until @I_405 closure! Stay local, shop in LA, take public transportation to help avoid #carmageddon!

Breaking News

A 10-mile section of the 405 will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday, leading many businesses to close early and many companies to let their employees out of work early on Friday to avoid the dreaded gridlock. has compiled a list of deals that companies are running or services being provided to help make Carmageddon as painless as possible:

JetBlue airlines are offering $4 flights between Burbank and Long Beach, California.

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Neuro will be handing out bottles of their NeuroBliss functional drinks on Saturday, July 16 at two locations — the Chevron station at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Crescent Heights and the Chevron station at the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Kling Street.

Shopping centers such as Westfield Culver City Mall and Westfield Century City Mall will be holding block parties featuring special offers, giveaways and tailgate parties.

Gold, Red and Orange Metro lines will be free over the weekend.

The Comedy Store on Sunset is offering $4.05 tickets and $5 Cadillac margaritas.

How are you going to spend your Carmageddon weekend LA residents? Leave your comments below...


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