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Delivery businesses prepare for Carmageddon
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Motorists and Westside residents aren't the only ones counting down to Carmageddon this weekend.
Mail services and businesses that make deliveries are trying to figure out how to cope with the shutdown of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeways.
The U.S. Post Office plans on rolling out mail as usual despite the closure.
"We do have plans in place to reroute our trucks," said Richard Maher of USPS. "We will get the mail delivered and we will pick the mail up and get it out on its way."
Postal workers are expected to get most of their deliveries made on time with a few exceptions.
"We have heard that through Caltrans that surface streets may experience increased traffic, so for some of our letter carriers, they may be delivering mail a little bit later than normal in a few neighborhoods in Los Angeles," Maher said.
The same goes for FedEx and UPS. Both companies said they have contingency plans in place to avoid the 405.
UPS is starting employee shifts earlier in the day, designing different routes and shifting volume flows so other facilities outside the affected area can deliver to certain zip codes.
But it won't be as easy for other delivery based businesses like Imperial Party Rentals. Carmageddon presents a daunting challenge to the family-owned business right in the middle of the hectic wedding season.
"It has been very stressful," manager Adrineh Khechadorian said.
Khechadorian said they've lost two weddings due to Carmageddon and turned down other customers because they just don't know what to expect. Khechadorian said the financial blow is about $8,000 to $10,000.
Lamonicas NY Pizza in Westwood may also get hit in the pocketbook this weekend. The restaurant is slicing their delivery area. They're covering only a three-to-four block area, which will cost them business.
"It's going to be hectic," said Oscar Medina of Lamonicas. "Wilshire [Boulevard] usually from 3 to 5 p.m. is already really packed, so it's going to be way worse than that.
Lamonicas is hoping business will come to them if locals stay in Westwood, but even if that's the case, there are other concerns.
"All of my staff comes from the Valley," Medina said. "The 405 is pretty much their only way into the Valley, so I'm hoping they will be getting here on time. I'm personally getting here on a bike."
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