May Day Marches to Tie Up Traffic Downtown – Eric Spillman Reports

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Navigating around downtown L.A. will require a little extra planning on Wednesday due to several May Day marches and rallies.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of downtown to demonstrate for comprehensive immigration reform.

At least three separate marches are planned, and they will create traffic tie-ups throughout the day.

Streets and intersections will begin closing at 6 a.m., and some won’t reopen until as late as 9 p.m.

A pair of marches are planned along Broadway. The primary march is scheduled to begin at noon, and a second march kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

The midday march, planned by the ANSWER Coalition, begins at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway.

From there, it will head north on Broadway to Cesar Chavez Avenue and east to Main Street before ending near Olvera Street.

A large rally is planned on Main Street between Temple and Alameda streets.

The second march, organized by the Southern California Immigration Coalition, will go from Olympic and Broadway north to Broadway and Third Street.

A third march is expected to begin around 3:30 p.m. at Central Avenue and Seventh Street.  It will proceed along Fifth Street to Broadway, then north to First Street.

Some of the planned street closures include:

  • Broadway between Olympic and Cesar Chavez
  • Main between Alameda and Temple
  • 101 Fwy off-ramps at Spring and Broadway

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation posted a list of DASH detours for Wednesday, starting at 11:30 a.m.

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