As Los Angeles braced its collective self for a doomsday scenario of turning into one massive
parking lot this weekend as the 405 Freeway closed for construction, it appears these nightmare predictions have not come to pass.
Just like in 1984 with the Olympic Games being held in Los Angeles and the fear of gridlock strangling LA freeways turned into one of the few times motorists could drive traffic-free throughout the area at any time of the day.
And, just like the Y2K warnings that everyone’s computer was going to implode when the clock struck 12 o’clock on January 1, 2000 and then nothing happened.
Some might say that this is just another case of government crying wolf. I have to disagree. I believe that it is only because of government officials going to the airwaves and literally scaring the bejesus out of us all that people stayed off the roads and we’ll apparently avert this disaster.
Another clear example to counter Tea Party lunatic’s hysterical claims that government is good for nothing.
Assuming that the 405 reopens on-on time by Monday morning and everything goes back to our normal everyday freeway packed traffic, props have to go out to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA County Board of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and all the transportation agency officials who have seemed to pull this off better than seamlessly.
Of course it also shows that when governments officials want to, they can sound the alarm and maybe should be doing this more often on issues such as Republican threats of blocking the raising of the debt limit that will have direct dire economic consequences for us all.