Carmageddon II: By the Numbers | NBC 7 San Diego

Carmageddon II: By the Numbers

The Mulholland Bridge demolition project is complete



    (Published Monday, Oct. 1, 2012)

    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?

    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.

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