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405July 18, 2011 – By now you have certainly heard about "Carmageddon" – the closure of a 10-mile segment of frighteningly busy Interstate 405 in Los Angeles ("The 405" for you locals). The highway was closed for a 53-hour period over the weekend due to the removal of a bridge.  There had been dire predictions of traffic gridlock for L.A., which frankly failed to materialize. But the thing I find interesting is that even the suggestion that a major highway was about to be incapacitated turned into a major media event. Lacking a new highway bill, gridlock on many of the nation's deteriorating highways is certain to become a reality in cities across the U.S. Consider this episode in a mere dress rehearsal for the coming real thing.