The space shuttle Endeavour will make one last journey before it arrives at its new home at the California Science Center at Exposition Park.
Early Friday morning, the orbiter will emerge from a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport and proceed on a slow roll through the streets of Los Angeles. Part of the route will take it through Westchester in the 11th District.
The event will take two days and top speeds of up to two miles per hour. Endeavour has a wingspan of 78-feet wing span and will stretch from sidewalk to sidewalk in many places, and force the closure of several streets — at various times — over the next 48 hours.
Due to the tremendous size of Endeavour, streets and sidewalks will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians to ensure public safety. The public — especially residents in the southern portion of the 11th District — should anticipate traffic delays on the route and in the surrounding areas throughout the Endeavor’s last mission. (source)
“Everyone will want to get up close to the space shuttle as it moves through Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who represents Westchester. “I advise Angelenos to watch the spectacle from the front row seat of your television and help us prevent any serious traffic issues along the route.”
Sidewalk closures along the route may be opened as determined by the Unified Command based on street width, fixed obstacles, and public safety issues on a block-by-block basis.
“Nearly 700 Los Angeles Police Department’s Cadets and volunteers from throughout the community have been dedicated to assist with ensuring Endeavour reaches its destination,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. “This event allows us to both show case the Endeavour and the remarkable youth of our community that have dedicated their weekend to keeping us safe.”
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will begin closing streets as early as 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th, to prepare for the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. LADOT anticipates that traffic in the areas surrounding the shuttle route will be impacted, and drivers should expect delays. Law Enforcement and LADOT asks the public to Plan ahead and consider alternative routes.
Here’s a list of approximate closure times:
Closed from 10/11/12 10:00 p.m. to 10/12/12 6:00 a.m.
Northside Parkway from Westchester Parkway to Lincoln Boulevard
Westchester Parkway from Loyola Boulevard to La Tijera Boulevard
La Tijera Boulevard from Westchester Parkway to Sepulveda Boulevard
Closed from 10/11/12 10:00 pm to 10/12/12 5:00 p.m.
Sepulveda Eastway from Westchester Pkwy to 87th Street
Closed from 10/12/12 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
La Tijera Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Manchester Avenue
Closed from 10/12/12 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Manchester Avenue from Sepulveda Boulevard to Aviation Boulevard
Closed from 10/13/12 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Crenshaw Boulevard from 79thth Street to Vernon Avenue
Closed from 10/12/12 8:00 p.m. to 10/13/12 8:00 p.m.
Crenshaw Boulevard from Vernon Avenue to 39th Street
Martin Luther King Boulevard from Marltin Avenue to 4th Avenue
Closed from 10/13/12 4:00 p.m.to 10:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Boulevard from 4th Avenue to Figueroa Street
Bill Robertson Lane from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Exposition Park
Additional closures include:
On Thursday, October 11th, one lane in each direction of Lincoln Blvd (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) will be closed from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. for removing the median barriers.
On Thursday, October 11th, Lincoln Boulevard (LA Highway 1) will be completely closed in both directions (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) from 8:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. of October 12th.
On Saturday, October 13th, one lane on each direction of Lincoln Blvd (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) will be closed for the reconstruction of the median barrier from 4:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, the following schedule is currently under consideration:
Route Interstate 405 Freeway on and off ramps at Manchester Avenue will be closed from 10:00 am October 12th, (Friday) to about 4:00 a.m. (Saturday morning/night) October 13.
Route 405 southbound off-ramp at La Cienega Blvd. /Florence Avenue will also be closed during this time.
LAPD Pacific Division will have real time updates on Endeavour’s progress. Follow them on Twitter.
The shuttle is expected to arrive at the Science Center on Saturday, October 13th and available for public viewing on October 31st.
Photo credit: John Gregory