Construction crews on I-405 in Los Angeles in September 2012 during the second of two "Carmageddon" closures designed to facilitate work on the freeway. (Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian)
Construction crews on I-405 in Los Angeles in September 2012 during the second of two “Carmageddon” closures designed to facilitate work on the freeway. (Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian)

Los Angeles is the city that not only hosts some of the most nightmarish traffic jams in the world but also gives them cute names. So in 2011 and 2012, drivers had to contend with Carmageddon, Parts I and II, a pair of freeway closures staged to facilitate work on Interstate 405 between central L.A. and the San Fernando Valley.

Next month, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority says, Jamzilla will visit the region’s roadways.

The agency known locally as Metro says a major paving project, part of a years-long project to widen and improve the freeway, will shut down all lanes on northbound I-405 for four nights over Presidents Day weekend. Officials say “Jamzilla” reflects the possibility of “monstrous” traffic conditions during the closure.

It will be noted that AngeleƱos seemed to soldier on during the previous shutdowns of what Southern Californians persist in calling “the 405.”

Here’s the video from Metro’s Jamzilla press conference:

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Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage and specializing in topics ranging from California water issues and the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several web startups. Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. Dan has shared in two SPJ Norcal "Excellence in Journalism" awards at KQED: in 2012, for reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California; and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the South Napa Earthquake. In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree. Email Dan at: dbrekke@kqed.org Twitter: twitter.com/danbrekke Facebook: www.facebook.com/danbrekke LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danbrekke

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