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Heavy traffic and road closures expected as LA hosts Summit of the Americas

Los Angeles drivers can expect increased traffic and multiple road closures this week as President Biden and Western Hemisphere leaders gather in the city for the ninth Summit of the Americas, officials said. responsible.

The United States is hosting the gathering for the second time since 1994, drawing world leaders from North, Central and South America from June 6-10, officials said.

Traffic is expected to slow in downtown Los Angeles and near Los Angeles International Airport from 10 p.m. Monday through noon Saturday, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office.

The mayor’s office suggested drivers avoid areas between the 10 and 101 freeways and west of the 110 freeway.

“We are delighted to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles and to welcome leaders from across the Western Hemisphere here to focus on our common goal of securing a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for all of our peoples.” , Garcetti said in a statement.

On Thursday, one lane of southbound traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway — from Coastline Drive to the Santa Monica Tunnel — will be dedicated to emergency vehicles from noon until 10 p.m.

From Monday 10 p.m. to Saturday noon, commuters should avoid:

  • Connecting ramps from Highway 10 eastbound and westbound to Highway 110 North.
  • The 110 Freeway runs north through downtown LA to include Pico Boulevard, 9th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street and 3rd Street.
  • The 110 freeway south exits for 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Figueroa Street, north and south traffic, between Washington Boulevard and 3rd Street.
  • Pico Boulevard, eastbound and westbound traffic, between Union Avenue and Grand Avenue.
  • 7th Street, eastbound and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street.
  • Wilshire Boulevard, eastbound and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street.

Several other downtown Los Angeles roads will be intermittently closed to traffic as the summit progresses.

Motorists can access the city center by the following motorway exits:

  • Heading west on Highway 10, exit 16A Santa Fe Avenue, 15B Alameda Street, 15A Central Ave, 14B San Pedro Street, 14A Convention Center.
  • Eastbound on Hwy 10, exit Convention Center/Grand Avenue/Olive Street, 14A Maple Avenue, 14B San Pedro Street, 15A Central Avenue, 15B Alameda Street, 16A Santa Fe Avenue.
  • Heading north on Highway 110, take exit 20B 37th Street and Exposition Boulevard, 20C Adams Boulevard, or merge onto Highways 10 or 101 eastbound or westbound.

Businesses on these streets will remain open and pedestrian traffic will be permitted.

By public transit, detours are likely for Dash A, B, E, and F routes, as well as Commuter Express lines 409, 419, 422, 423, 431, 437, 438, 439, 448, 534, and Union Station /Bunker The Hill shuttle and some stops will be temporarily closed.

Angelenos can find Caltrans District 7 traffic updates on Twitter at @CaltransDist7 and @CaltransHQ.

Los Angeles Times

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