Carmageddon II: More street closures Sunday for triathlon
Stretches of some of the Los Angeles’ busiest Westside and downtown streets will be closed Sunday to accommodate about 2,500 participants in a triathlon.
The closure of parts of Venice Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue could add to congestion on the Westside because of the temporary shutdown of a 10-mile section of the 405 Freeway. The freeway, which will be closed between the 10 and 101 freeways until Monday morning, is being widened to make room for a new carpool lane.
The first closure of Venice Boulevard from Pacific Avenue to Fairfax will begin around 5 a.m. Sunday, said Jan Fambro, spokeswoman for the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles. The race will start at Venice Beach around 7:15 a.m., and Fambro said Venice Boulevard would likely reopen by 10 a.m.
From the time the race begins until about 12:15 p.m., workers will close Olympic Boulevard from Avenue to Cherry Street as athletes make their way downtown.
The final two closures will occur on Olympic Boulevard from Cherry to Figueroa Street, and on Grand Avenue from 11th Street to 1st Street, Fambro said. The triathletes will end the competition at L.A. Live, and Fambro said the downtown streets should be reopened no later than noon.
City transportation officials have warned that people driving toward the triathlon course between 3 and 11 a.m. can expect detours. They suggest people take shuttles or use Washington, Olympic or Pico boulevards or the 10 Freeway. For those heading north or south, they recommend Sepulveda or Lincoln boulevard or Centinela Avenue.
Residents and visitors parked along the triathlon route should watch for temporary "no parking" signs to avoid citations and tows. Police and traffic officers will be on hand to keep vehicles from crossing the course.
While the race is underway, construction crews will continue their 53 hours of work on the 405 Freeway. Crews are knocking down the northern half of the Mulholland Drive bridge as part of a $1 billion project that includes adding the carpool lane.
As of Saturday morning, Fambro said race officials hadn't heard of any questions or concerns about the closure from race participants.
“They’re just not interested,” she said. “They’re more interested in ‘How much fluid should I drink?’ They’re focused on the race.”
-- Matt Stevens and Martha Groves