A 10-mile stretch of normally clogged Interstate 405 was shut down for 53 hours on Friday evening. With the closing of ramps to Freeway 405 in Los Angeles, the 'Carmageddon' started leaving the road deserted.

Authorities, for weeks, alerted and urged residents not to use the road to avoid 'Carmageddon'.

However, the initial reports said the fears of a horrible traffic snarl were blown out of proportion.