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‘Carmageddon’ Forcing L.A. Residents To Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (CBS) The nation’s busiest freeway will be closed over the weekend, and we here in Las Vegas could be affected.   Drivers in Los Angeles have been warned for weeks that a 10 mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be shut down starting through Monday morning.

Crews will spend that time demolishing one of the lanes on the Mulholland Bridge as part of a $1 billion project, the entire shutdown dubbed “Carmageddon.”

Hundreds of thousands of drivers use this stretch of road every day. Closing the 405 is like shutting down I-15 from Blue Diamond Road all the way to the Spaghetti Bowl. Everyone would crowd onto the other valley freeways and surface streets.

The major closure has hotels in Las Vegas offering deals to escape the traffic nightmare. It seems the only people happy about Carmageddon are Las Vegas casinos.

Because L.A. resident’s may be doing a mass exodus, the Hard Rock Hotel took advantage of the Carmaggedon situation. Director of Marketing Julie Cane tells 8newsnow the casino put out an ad to L.A. resident’s, giving them a once in a lifetime deal.

“You have this $525 package, which is a $405 savings. It includes two nights in our wonderful hotel and cabana at the pool, access to Vanity, access to Rehab,” she said.

M Resort is also offering a 30 percent off room deal to Californians want to escape Carmaggedon. The Hard Rock Hotel says since they put out the ad in California, they are almost entirely booked up this weekend.

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