LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Obama L.A. May 10, 2012 visit will prompt road closures and traffic, officials tell news. President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles today May 10 and major street closures and freeway traffic congestion is expected. Maps of the Obama in L.A. visit have not been released to news. But Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd District, released to news on his twitter account details about the visit moments ago. The communities most impacted today will be Studio City and Beverly Hills.
On Monday, Krekorian told news that details of road closures were still pending. But the Councilman advised residents to be prepared to make changes to their travel schedules Thursday afternoon across the southland. He then told news “please be aware there could be instances when you may be rerouted if you live in the region.” After first telling news he wasnâ€™t sure where Obama would head, he finally gave more detailsÂ last night. He said “We’re in the process of getting information re road closures, detours, etc” but last night said Obama will be visiting Studio City.
Officials tell news that the traffic will commence in the late afternoon today. The President will land at LAX International Airport at 6 pm PST. In recent trips, Obama has created massive traffic jams from West Los Angeles to Mid Wilshire. This time, however,Â Obama will fly by helicopter from LAX to Studio City. Once in Studio City, the President will travel by motorcade.
The reason for the visit is a fundraiser at the Studio City neighboring home of George Clooney. “We do not expect that Ventura or Laurel Canyon boulevards, north of Ventura Boulevard, will be closed to traffic. However, there may be limited delays due to neighborhood street closures in the hills and emergency vehicles in the immediate vicinity” Krekorian tells news.
The big traffic jam will be between 5 am 8 pm. Krekorian also reports to news that “For those driving on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and connecting streets north of Ventura Boulevard, please expect delays and/or road closures from about 5 to 8 p.m. If you live south of Ventura in Studio City, the LAPD has advised us that local access to the area will be virtually sealed off from about 8 to 10 p.m., meaning all local residents will need to show a current photo ID for home access “.
Officials are wanting residents near Fryman Canyon to simply “stay home” and “avoid the area” today.
And while West Los Angeles residents might not have traffic this afternoon, Beverly Hills residents will this evening. “The President will leave Los Angeles the next morning, after staying the night in Beverly Hills. The police department has assured us that traffic impacts in the Valley will be minimal on Friday.”
Krekorian tells news that if you “have questions or concerns” about the traffic today, you can call his office HERE directly.
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