President Barack Obama is visiting LA Thursday afternoon, and thanks to the presidential motorcade rolling through town, city officials have warned that you can expect some pretty messy traffic congestion during the evening rush hour. Basically, good luck getting around if you're in the LAX, Hollywood, Highland, and Santa Monica areas.
In anticipation of the mess, the LAPD issued a travel advisory, warning of the possible traffic congestion and said you should flat-out avoid the following areas so as not to get stuck in it:
- The area around Sepulveda Blvd between Lincoln Bl & Century Bl from 3:00pm - 5:00p.m.
- The area around North Hollywood Way between West Empire Ave & N.Glenoaks Bl 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
- The area around Sheldon St between Roscoe Bl & San Fernando Rd from 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.
- The area around Highland Ave between The Hollywood Bowl & Sunset Bl from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
- The area around Ocean Ave between Pico Bl & San Vicente Bl from 4:00p.m. - 7:30p.m
- The area around San Vicente Bl between Ocean Ave & 25th St from 4:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.
- The area around Ocean Ave between San Vicente Bl & Pico Blvd from 6:00p.m- 8:00p.m.
- The area around Overland Ave between National Place & Tennessee Ave from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- The area around W. Pico Bl between Overland Ave and Century Park East 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- The area around Avenue of the Stars between W. Pico Bl & W. Olympic Bl from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
There will also be full street closures to make way for the motorcade, including both the northbound and southbound lanes of Sepulveda Blvd, between Lincoln Blvd and Century Blvd for about an 8-minute period sometime between 3:30pm-4:30pm, as well as the following closures, according to the LAPD:
- Hollywood Blvd, east and westbound traffic, between North Orange Drive and North Highland Avenue from 4:25 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
- Hawthorn Ave, east and westbound traffic, between North Orange Drive and North Highland Avenue from 4:25 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
- 20th Street, between Marguerita Ave and Carlyle Ave (City of Santa Monica) from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- 19th Street, between Marguerita Ave and Carlyle Ave (City of Santa Monica) from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Avenue of the Stars, 1 ½ southbound lanes from Galaxy Way
The president will be in town to raise some big Hollywood money from private donors for the Democratic Party ahead of next year's election, and will also make a stop in Hollywood Thursday night for an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the Los Angeles Times reported. The LAPD is also expecting traffic congestion in some areas on Friday morning, according to the travel advisory.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and was almost late to covering an event with the president in NYC due to the traffic caused by road closures. Send him news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.