Because of the anti-Bush protest along Wilshire Boulevard this afternoon and evening, city and UCLA officials are warning of street closures in the Westwood area. Veteran Avenue is already closed, Wilshire and Westwood Boulevard will be blocked intermittently from 5 pm on, and the latest email going around the UCLA campus says the ramps on and off the San Diego Freeway will be shut—so good luck out there! No details yet on the city DOT website, but here's the UCLA message:
Important updated information regarding “The World Can’t Wait” demonstration at the Federal Building. 5pm to 11pm, Wednesday November 2, 2005
Beginning at 11am and ending as late as 11pm. Veteran Avenue, from south of Wilshire to north of Ohio Avenue will be closed.
Beginning anytime after 5pm and ending as late as 11pm. Wilshire Boulevard will be closed from just west of Glendon Avenue to just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. It has been confirmed that Wilshire Boulevard will be closed beginning no later than 6:30pm.
Beginning at 6:30pm and ending as late 9pm
Closure of Westwood Boulevard from Wilshire Boulevard to Le Conte Avenue.
Closure of Le Conte Avenue from just west of Hilgard Avenue to just west of Gayley Avenue
Closure of Gayley Avenue from just north of Le Conte to Wilshire Boulevard
Closure of San Diego Freeway (405) Wilshire Boulevard on and off ramps, located east of Sepulveda Boulevard
Recorded information from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation regarding the closures is available at 323/224-6534.
Please note: Actual closure time of Wilshire Boulevard and Westwood Village streets is subject to change based on crowd size and safety of traffic to pass.
Lots of red (signifying speeds under 10 miles an hour) on the Westwood traffic map already at 2:30 pm.
* 3:45 pm Update: Channel 4 says you won't be able to exit the northbound 405 at Wilshire (east) or get on the freeway at Wilshire from 6 to 9 pm.