The biggest Carmageddon victors weren't the road workers (though they did a fantastic job completing their bridge-demolishing project about 17 hours ahead of schedule), or the Southern California drivers who emerged unscathed by the 405 shutdown and even experienced what people are now coining "Carmaheaven" (gag).
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