Mayor Villaraigosa drew a lot of attention for speaking at the last big immigration march in Los Angeles. He plans to skip Monday's Great American Boycott and marches—he'll be in Dallas to pitch National Football League owners about putting a team in Los Angeles. For the rest of us, it's going to be ugly trying to get around downtown and anywhere that connects with the Wilshire corridor—just the busiest transit corridor in the country. The city Department of Transportation is taking a proactive approach, closing down streets and rerouting traffic. Here's the plan from LADOT:
Route: Broadway from Olympic to City Hall.
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (approx).
Street Closure: Broadway from Temple to 11th street, prohibiting east/west cross traffic.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation will begin road closure along Broadway at 9:30am, and the street will remain closed until approximately 3:00pm.
Drivers are encouraged to use Alameda, Caesar Chavez, Figueroa and Flower streets to detour around the Broadway closure.
Wilshire Boulevard March:
Route: Wilshire Boulevard from Alvarado to La Brea Avenue.
Time: 2:00pm - 8:00pm (approx).
Street Closure: Wilshire Boulevard from Alvarado street to Cloverdale, prohibiting north/south cross traffic.
The Department of Transportation will begin road closure along Wilshire Boulevard at 2:00pm, and will remain closed until approximately 8:00pm.
For this demonstration, the following six major streets will remain open with north/south thru traffic until 3:45pm:
La Brea Avenue
After 3:45pm north/south streets along Wilshire Boulevard between Alvarado and La Brea will be closed. Traffic officers will re-open intersections as the march proceeds and when they determine it is safe to do so.
During these street closures, traffic will be detoured to 3rd street (to the north) and Olympic Boulevard (to the south).
The Department of Transportation will be aggressively enforcing all temporary-parking restrictions for these demonstrations to secure participant safety and to facilitate the movement of traffic around the road closures.
It is anticipated that Commuter Express service should not be impacted by the Downtown march; Downtown DASH routes A, B, D, and City Hall Shuttle will be directly impacted. LADOT may re-route DASH service in the field necessary if the number of participants grows beyond the current projection.
DASH field supervisors will be staged at various points in Downtown to divert/reroute buses and to notify passengers at stops based on traffic conditions and the march participant movement.
Field Supervisors for the Commuter Express services will also be staged in Downtown as a precaution for the afternoon trips scheduled to pull from the Downtown area.
For more information of routes and detours, residents are encouraged to call contact 311 or the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation hotline at 323-224-6534. For detailed maps visit the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation's website at http://trafficinfo.lacity.org.
May 1 boycott