President Obama Visit, Along With Dodgers Playoff Game and US-Mexico Soccer Match, to Create Traffic Mess for L.A. Drivers

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President Obama arrives in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Credit: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

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President Obama’s latest trip to Los Angeles, coupled with two major sporting events in the area, could create a traffic headache for L.A. drivers on Saturday.

The president’s visit was scheduled to last for just several hours, during which time he would attend a trio events and help raise money for Democratic candidates, according to a White House press release.

Air Force One touched down at Los Angeles International Airport at around 1 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Airport Police Department. Obama was then expected to head to L.A.’s Westside area.

As with previous presidential visits, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a traffic advisory, warning motorists that multiple closures could cause a traffic congestion.

Traffic could be especially bad this time, however, because his trip to the Southland coincides with two Saturday evening sporting events, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At 6 p.m., more than 90,000 soccer fans were expected to pack the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as the United States and Mexico played in the CONCACAF Cup, the Times reported. The crowd will likely be one of the largest this year for a soccer match in the U.S.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the Dodgers will take on the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium near downtown L.A. in the second playoff game of the National League Division Series.

Traffic jams will likely begin earlier, however, as fans head to both stadiums, according to the Times.

Obama is scheduled to depart L.A. for San Diego on Saturday night.

In anticipation of the president’s visit, LAPD has urged motorists to avoid the below areas:

-Sunset Boulevard between Rivas Canyon Road and Monaco Drive from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
-Capri Drive between Corsica Drive and Casale Road from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
-Casale Road between Capri Drive and San Remo Drive from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

-Amalfi Drive between San Remo Drive Capri Drive from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
-Capri Drive between Amalfi Drive and Sunset Boulevard from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
-Pavia Place between Sunset Boulevard and Amalfi Drive from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

-Sunset Blvd between Westcove Drive and Minorca Drive from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-Allenford Avenue and 26th Street between Sunset Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-San Vicente Boulevard between 25th Street and Wilshire Boulevard from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-Wilshire Boulevard between Barry Avenue and Devon Avenue from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-Beverly Glen Avenue between Ashton Avenue and Charing Cross Road from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-Mapleton Drive between Club View Drive and Wynton Drive from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

-Beverly Glen Drive between Wynton Drive and Pico Boulevard from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
-Pico Boulevard between Patricia Avenue and Avenue of the Stars from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
-Motor Avenue between Pico Boulevard and Monte Mar Drive from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, hard closures would be in effect in the following areas and times:

-Sepulveda Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Century Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic for an 8-minute period sometime between 12:45p.m. and 1:15p.m.

-Will Rogers State Park will be closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-San Remo Drive in the Pacific Palisades will be closed between Casale Road and Amalfi Drive from approximately 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

-Amalfi Drive will be closed between Napoli Drive and Minorca Drive  from approximately 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

-South Mapleton Drive will be closed between Wyton Drive and Club View Drive from approximately 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

-Club View Drive will be closed between South Beverly Glen Boulevard and Comstock Avenue from approximately 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

-Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and Park will be closed from approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Motor Avenue will be between Pico Boulevard and Monte Mar Drive from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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