The 53-hour shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of one of the country’s busiest highways for a bridge widening project ended with a whimper and a handful of detentions for trespassing onto a closed freeway.
After initial fears when a big chunk of a bridge connected to a pillar fell on Saturday threatened to put the schedule off, Carmageddon II was called a success on Sunday.
Whenever there’s a big construction project there are lots of numbers to take into consideration -- how much money is on the line if construction goes past deadlines, how much more money are taxpayers shelling out?
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Here are a few statistics that did come to pass during Carmageddon II:
$1 billion: The cost of the total 405 Freeway widening project
500,000: The number of motorists who travel on the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass each day on a typical weekend.
$150,000: The amount of money taxpayers saved on seven weeks of work tree trimming and lane striping that maintenance crews could complete due to the freeway closure in a 48-hour period.
2,700 cubic yards of concrete.
608 feet: The length of the Mulholland Drive bridge.
300 tons of steel.
270: Number of restaurants, retail stores, museums, bike tours and art galleries offering discounts during the freeway closure.
53: Hours the freeway was closed.
50: The age of the section of the 405 Freeway between the Ventura and Santa Monica freeways.
7: The number of people detained by the California Highway Patrol for trespassing onto the closed freeway.