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July 19, 2011   10:39am

Many Angelenos stayed off the roads during “Carmageddon,” and instead spent their weekend close to home, exploring nearby parks and shops and enjoying their neighborhoods.

One Sherman Oaks couple and their college friend marked the 405 Freeway closure with a dinner party.

On the empty freeway.

Matt Corrigan, 29, his wife Amanda, 28, and their friend Barry Neely, 31, decided last week that they would have a little fun on the 405 while it was shut down between the 10 and 101 freeways for construction.

“We just tried to think of the most outlandish thing to do in the middle of the freeway, and we thought, ‘Let’s have a dinner party,’ ” Matt Corrigan said.

They had a few days to scout locations and finalize details: how the trio would get on the road (climbing up a bramble-covered hill), the menu (pasta salad with cranberry juice instead of wine) and their attire (dressy). Silverware, plates, doilies, a tablecloth and a centerpiece were packed. The location -– near the Ventura Boulevard exit by the 101 -– was checked and double-checked. Another friend from college was enlisted to photograph the stunt.

“We were serious about it,” Corrigan said. He later added, “If you’re going to do it, why only go halfway there?”

Finally, around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, the group of four drove to the bottom of the hill and parked. They made the climb up the freeway, wearing running clothes over their more-formal wear to protect it from the thorny bushes. After reaching the road, they set the scene as fast as they could -– taking off track pants and laying out silverware –- but with a police car looming in one direction of the freeway, and construction vehicles headed slowly toward them from the other, some of the details were bypassed.

“We had gone over it and planned what everyone would do, but the cranberry juice spilled and Barry set up the place mats wrong and we had a Tupperware of pasta salad to put on the plates, but we didn’t have time,” Corrigan said, estimating they were on the freeway for only about three minutes. “I also didn’t have time to take my pants off, so I have on track pants, a tie and a shirt.”

At least there was enough time for a photo.

“My wife was really worried that we were going to get arrested,” Corrigan said. “Barry and I were really worried that we were going to get arrested before the picture.”

Updated, 11:22 a.m. July 19: The group managed to clean up and make it off the road before they were noticed by authorities or construction crews and were not cited.

And if a picture is worth a thousand words, the three have a good story to last them a while.

“Everyone was so worried about ‘Carmageddon, Carmageddon, Carmageddon,’ but there was that whole couple of miles of untapped land where people could have been doing all sorts of stuff,” Corrigan said. “We thought it would have been a funny thing to do, and we’re happy with how it turned out.”

And what about next year, when the 405 closes again so the other part of the Mulholland Drive bridge can be torn down?

“Maybe we’ll have lunch,” Corrigan said.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/carmageddon-dinner-party-planking-405.html

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Matt Corrigan

4      3

his primary challenge = MC = 43 = Having fun.  Dinner party.  Celebrating with friends.  Trio.  Group.  Entertaining.  Lunch.  Eat, drink, and be merry.

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Amanda Corrigan

1               99

 

the most important thing she can do (AR) and how she appears to the world (AI) both = 19 = Front and center.

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Barry Neely

2              7

 

how he obtains his heart’s desire = BY = 27 = Original. The first. Innovative. Trailblazer. Pioneer.

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July 15, 2011

Mike Barbour is awake before dawn. He hears the shoosh of traffic on the 405
as it arcs outside his hotel room in Westchester: 12 lanes sweeping
hundreds of thousands of drivers each day into the South Bay and north
toward the Sepulveda Pass.

He checks the clock. It is 3 a.m. For the last three years, Barbour
has been working for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
overseeing the ambitious widening project on one of the most heavily traveled
traffic corridors in the nation.

He knows that the success or failure of this $1-billion project falls
mostly upon him, and with the 53-hour closure of the 405 Freeway and the
demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge about to begin, his work is at a
critical juncture.

Questions race through his mind. Are the gas lines safe or do they need to be
relocated? Do the crews really have access to certain property beside the
freeway? Had he been completely clear with them regarding his concerns about a
potential landslide?

A former Marine and Air Force engineer, Barbour knows stressful situations.
Four years ago, he was in Iraq, and even though he’s wary of making any
comparisons, he believes it was his experience rebuilding that country’s roads
and bridges that gave him an edge on this assignment. It also
helped that he spent 18 years working with the California Department of
Transportation.

But what’s made this job most challenging are the expectations riding on it:
not just that the work finish on time and on budget, but that commuters not be
overly inconvenienced and that the needs of the various agencies and communities
are met.

“The city has expectations, the county, Metro and Caltrans,” he said. “We all
have expectations, so you’ve got to manage all those expectations throughout the
whole process.”

Just last week, he decided to relocate media parking for the 10-mile closure
after the Skirball Cultural Center objected to having so many cars on its
property. He also listened to a top official with the Los
Angeles Police Department
, who was still annoyed with the MTA for not
providing more notice to work out logistics and outreach.

“There are just so many people that want different things,” he said. He has
likened the overall job to performing heart surgery
on a patient who’s running a marathon, but he is undaunted.

In a matter of hours, he expects basketball-sized chunks of half the
Mulholland bridge to rain down upon the 405 — all to plan.

Barbour, 57, parks his black Ford Explorer just off Skirball Center Drive.
It’s late Monday afternoon, four days to go, and he wants to see the prep work.
He trades his suit jacket for a neon-orange vest and walks along the shoulder to
the bridge.

The 405 flows beneath him. It rises out of the Westside at the 10 Freeway and
crests near Mulholland Drive before dropping into the San Fernando Valley and
the 101 Freeway. Since 2009, he has obsessed over these 10 miles, and for all
its attention, this weekend’s demolition is just another part of the job.

In order to widen the freeway to add a carpool lane, he’s had to monitor the
redesign of the onramps and offramps, the widths of the shoulders and the
landscaping, as well as the proposed sound walls and the upgrades of the bridges
at Sunset Boulevard and Skirball Center Drive.

He divides his time between the 405 and downtown Los Angeles, where he
is in meetings at the MTA and Caltrans buildings, the Police Department and City
Hall. In the evenings he speaks at neighborhood association meetings.

If an organizational chart were drawn for the MTA, Barbour’s name would be
found three rungs beneath the chief executive. He makes about $200,000 a year
and oversees a team of Caltrans and Metro employees, almost 100
people.

Among transportation experts, Barbour is known as a “bridge guy,” a title he
earned from his days with Caltrans, where he began his career in the 1980s as a
civil engineer. His work has taken him from military to civilian assignments,
which in California have included an analysis of a suicide deterrent system for
the Golden Gate Bridge and the reconstruction of the Bay Area’s Carquinez
Bridge.

Standing on the Mulholland bridge, he notices cuts in the road exposing the
sub-deck. He’s also pleased to see that crews have readied the utility
lines.

“I’ve never been worried about a project when it’s been in Mike’s hands,”
said Doug Failing, the MTA’s executive director for highways. According to
Failing, Barbour “knows his role at the end of the day is to deliver the
project,” and a key to that is to be good at team building and knowing how to
make tough decisions.

“He’s not feeding his ego with this project,” said Caltrans District 7
Director Mike Miles. “It’s not about Mike Barbour, it’s about getting the job
done.”

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-405-barbour-20110715,0,7865283.story

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Friday July 15th, 2011

7 + 15 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = Carmageddon’s life lesson = what Carmageddon is here to learn = In the news.  Photos.  Television.  The media.

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July 15th, 2011

7 + 15 = 22 = Carmageddon’s core number = Are you kidding me?  You’ve gotta be kidding me.  Like a three ring circus.

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