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Carmageddon in Los Angeles: So what was the big deal anyway?

Carmageddon – warnings about traffic mayhem when Los Angeles had to close I-405 for a weekend – turns out to have been not such a big deal. Most Angelenos just stayed home.

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A bicyclist passes an onramp to southbound Interstate 405, which has reopened to motor vehicles but is closed to skateboarders and the like, as the demolition of two lanes of the Mulholland Bridge in Los Angeles is completed just after sunrise Sunday.

Reed Saxon/AP

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Carmageddon – those warnings about traffic mayhem when Los Angeles had to close I-405 for a weekend – turns out to have been not such a big deal after all.

Angelenos did not stay gridlocked in smog-induced stupors, trapped in their cars, and madly BlackBerrying their agents ideas for a new screenplay based on the experience. (I’m thinking Scarlett Johansson in a BMW convertible meets cute with Tom Cruise on his motorcycle.)

Instead, they stayed home, or took the bus or one of JetBlue’s special $5 short hops from Burbank in the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

Carmageddon? Please! Four of the world's worst traffic jams.

"It's been one of the most quiet Saturdays I've seen in forever," Steven Ramada told the Associated Press. He’d expected to hear cars honking in front of his Sherman Oaks home but instead only heard news helicopters.

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