Obama visit: Another day of road closures awaits L.A. commuters

Road closures ahead of President Obama's drive through Los Angeles were already underway early Thursday, with city crews blocking off areas of West Hollywood and downtown for the second and final day of his visit.

The president's motorcade has been crisscrossing L.A. as part of his West Coast tour, frustrating some commuters with road closures in already traffic-heavy areas of the city.


Obama's arrival on Wednesday quickly prompted a round of griping on social media, accompanied by two common hashtags on local social media: #Obamatraffic and #ThanksObama. Bus delays caused by the presidential motorcade also reportedly delayed a woman going into labor from getting to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Here's a look at what L.A. commuters have to look forward to on the final day of Obama's visit:

From 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, the area around Beverly Boulevard and Doheny Drive will be affected by the president's motorcade, along with the area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard in downtown, according to Los Angeles police.

Obama is scheduled to be in the Pacific Palisades area of Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., then Brentwood between 10 a.m. and noon.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the president is to be at Exposition Park, and near Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, prompting the following closures:

  • West Martin Luther King Jr. from Hoover to South Figueroa streets
  • Figueroa from Exposition Park Drive and West Martin Luther King Jr.
  • West Washington between South Flower Street and Grand Avenue
  • South Flower between West Washington and West 23rd Street
  • South Grand between West Washington and West 23rd

Bus routes connected to the closed-off areas will also be shut down.

Thursday's closures may be just a preview of a potentially bigger headache through the weekend -- the "Century Crunch" road closure near Los Angeles International Airport is expected to divert tens of thousands of drivers Friday to Sunday.

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