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Getting around ‘Truckermageddon’; American Trucker season 2 ‘gets hardcore’

| July 14, 2011

California ‘Carmageddon’ also a ‘Truckermageddon’?
NBC Los Angeles ran this report on truckers’ plans for avoiding the I-405 shutdown this weekend — the 405 will be shut down northbound in a 10-mile stretch between I-10 and U.S. 101. The southbound closure will begin at U.S. 101 and extend four miles to the Getty Center Drive ramps.

On Friday, the closure will begin at certain on-ramps as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m.; during the closure, heavy delays are expected on the most direct route around the closure, using U.S. 101 and I-10.

Perhaps the most effective method of dealing with the closure became clear in the NBC report, when hauler Moses Rubio, who often hits takes the 405 coming up from LAX, told reporters he was considering shutting down for the weekend. And Martin Lee, of Modesto, Calif., told NBC “I’m going to avoid LA this weekend.”

‘American Trucker’ tracks Joplin tornado relief
The television show I’ve written more about than any other this year (most recently here), American Trucker on the Speed Channel, enters its second season tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern with the “Relief” episode, about trucking efforts in Joplin, Mo., following the May 23 tornado that so devastated the city. Find more about the episode here.

You may recall from my previous writing about the American Trucker show before and since it launched in February that show host and coproducer Robb Mariani at the time made note of his hopes for the series and its ability to really dig into the on-road realities of the trucking life. In my interview with him, “Real by Design,” published in the March edition of Truckers News, he noted that it was his personal love of trucks and the culture of trucking that drove him on. “I can’t host the show without the integrity,” he said. “I’m not an actor, and I’m always underscoring some points: [Truckers] are clearly the backbone of America, and trucks drive our nation. That’s the thread for me with everything.”

At the time, he also noted that if the show got to season two, he saw real opportunity to “put down the roots and get hardcore with it.” I suspect that, in the “Relief” episode, you may well see some of that very thing. If you can, tune in tonight. For a schedule of rebroadcasts throughout the following weeks, visit this page.

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