A traffic advisory has been issued in parts of the westside of Los Angeles Thursday ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance.
The Los Angeles Police Department issued the advisory for the following areas and times: Santa Monica Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Melrose Avenue from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Pico Boulevard between Roxbury Drive and Castello Place from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and the 405 Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and the 105 Freeway between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Motorists were encouraged to avoid those areas if possible during the listed times, according to a news release from the LAPD.
The prime minister’s visit backed up a five-mile southbound stretch traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu Canyon and Topanga Canyon Wednesday afternoon, causing delays of up to 90 minutes, the LAPD stated in a separate release.
On Thursday, Netanyahu was scheduled to address about 300 L.A. Jewish community leaders around 9 a.m, according to a news release.
The speech was expected to touch on a number of topics and issues affecting Israel, including the Middle East process and Iran.
Thursday marked the third day of Netanyahu’s visit to the L.A. area.