L.A. Marathon: How to avoid traffic gridlock, closed streets
Street closures begin at 4 a.m. Sunday for the L.A. Marathon, and officials are warning of major traffic delays across a large swath of Los Angeles.
The course of the 26.2-mile race extends from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Major streets along the marathon’s path that will be blocked off during the event include Sunset Boulevard (in downtown, Echo Park and West Hollywood), Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard (in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West L.A.), and San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica. Caltrans will also close some freeway offramps.
The first clousres will occur near the stadium and will lift on a rolling basis over the course of the day, starting at 9 a.m. on the eastern end of the route and ending late in the afternoon closer to the finish line. Some 101, 110 and 405 freeway entrance and exit ramps will also be closed during the race.
The marathon begins at 6:55 a.m. for racers in wheelchairs, 7 a.m. for racers with hand cycles and 7:25 a.m. for all other participants.
The city Department of Transportation said it will strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon during listed times. Vehicles that have not been moved will be cited and impounded at the nearest official police garage
Course maps and event information are available at LAmarathon.com or trafficinfo.lacity.org. Those seeking to use public transportation can contact Metro at (323) GO METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner site at metro.net.
Detailed information about street closures, including grids detailing major and peripheral street closures along and near the race route, is available at the L.A. Marathon website.
-- Eryn Brown