Motorists and bus riders will have to alter their travel plans through Los Angeles today, due to a memorial service and funeral procession for former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates which is causing the closure of some streets and detour of some bus routes.
A funeral procession will begin at about 8:30 a.m. at the Police Administration Building, 100 W. First St., and will travel to the funeral service being held at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
"People not participating in Daryl Gates' funeral service should avoid the area, as some of the streets in the Central Business District will experience intermittent closures on Tuesday," said LADOT General Manager Rita L. Robinson. "Congestion in the area is expected to be heavy in Chinatown and the area east of Grand Avenue during the morning commute hours. We request the public's patience in using alternative routes and allowing additional travel time during this period."
The following streets will be completely closed between 6:30am and noon for the funeral service:
* Temple Street between Broadway and Grand Avenue
* Hill Street between Temple and Ord streets, and all of Hill Place
Local access only for Court employees on Hill Street between 1st and Temple streets
Intermittent temporary street closures are also expected between 8 and 9 a.m. for the procession on 1st Street between Main and Hill streets and on Broadway between 2nd and Judge John Aiso streets.
Police suggested the following detour routes:
-- to the north, Cesar Chavez;
-- to the east, Los Angeles Street;
-- to the south, Second Street; and
-- to the west, Figueroa Street and Beaudry Avenue.
More than 40 Metro bus lines in the Civic Center area will be detoured between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. The impacted buses will be: 2, 4, 10, 14, 30, 31, 33, 37, 40, 42, 45, 48, 55, 60, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 333, 355, 439, 445, 485, 487, 489, 714, 728, 730, 740, 745, 770, 794 and 910. Please plan accordingly.
Metro apologizes for any inconvenience to Metro patrons due to bus detours. For more information on these Metro bus detours and schedules visit Metro's web page www.metro.net or call 1 (800) COMMUTE.
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By Brandy Schaffels