With the 84th Academy Awards coming to Hollywood Sunday, drivers are advised to be aware of road closures that will likely cause traffic.
If you are planning to venture east of Beverly Hills, stay away from the Hollywood & Highland Center (formerly the Kodak Theater). Hollywood Boulevard is closed between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue until 6 a.m. Feb. 28.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue closes for the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 20th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in nearby West Hollywood. That closure will remain in effect until 2 a.m. Monday. During that time only the eastbound lane of Sunset Boulevard, from La Cienega Boulevard to Sweetzer Avenue, will be open to through traffic.
Other closures taking effect Sunday are:
- North and south sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue, with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access walkway. The area directly in front of the Awards Walk leading to the Hollywood & Highland Center will also be closed to pedestrians.
- Pedestrian crosswalk mid-block on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue in front of the Hollywood & Highland Center.
- North and south curb lanes of Hawthorn Avenue from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive.
Metro bus riders will also have to deal with some detours due to street closures. Bus lines 156, 212, 222 and 217 will be detoured from Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, and on Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
This report was compiled with information from City News Service.