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May Day marches will jam L.A.'s morning commute

May 1, 2012 |  4:57 am

Street closures for May Day rallies expected to jam L.A. commuteCommuters coming into downtown L.A. on Tuesday morning should brace for delays as police plan more than a dozen street and intersection closures in connection with May Day rallies.

The May Day march will move along Broadway, but many other streets will be affected, officials said.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the following streets in downtown Los Angeles will be affected, beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m:

Broadway between 11th and Temple streets

Olympic Boulevard between Hill and Main streets

9th between Hill and Broadway

8th between Spring Street and Broadway

7th between Hill and Spring

6th between Hill and Broadway

5th between Spring and Broadway

4th between Hill (Olive Street, if necessary) and Broadway

3rd between Spring and Broadway

2nd between Hill and Broadway

1st between Hill (Grand Avenue, if necessary) and Spring

Other marches are planned in neighborhoods across the region. There will be a march Tuesday morning from Saticoy Street and Van Nuys Boulevard to the Valley Civic Center, beginning at 8 a.m. Protesters will then take mass transit to join downtown L.A. protesters.

Protesters will march and drive through East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, also meeting other protesters downtown. A similar arrangement is planned through South Los Angeles. Another protest is scheduled from Santa Monica through Westwood, Beverly Hills and into downtown L.A. It's unclear how much either of these demonstrations will affect traffic.

According to L.A. officials, more marches are scheduled by unions, one along Wilshire in the afternoon from Westwood Boulevard to La Brea Avenue, the other moving north from the Crenshaw area to Wilshire and La Brea.

In addition, Los Angeles International Airport warned that traffic in and out of the main terminal could be slowed by a planned protest just outside LAX.

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