Obama Traffic, Street Closures in Los Angeles, Corona del Mar for February 15, 16, 2012

Obama Traffic, Street Closures in Los Angeles, Corona del Mar for February 15, 16, 2012

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Update 11:51am

Getting reports of a ground hold at LAX about 20 mins ago.  President was scheduled to depart at 11:45am so he should be out of our hair and San Francisco’s traffic problem now.

Thanks to everyone who helped us out!  This concludes our Obamajam coverage!

Update 10:45am

Obama is on the move – traffic heavy now on Coast Hwy between Macarthur and Newport Coast Dr in both directions.

Update 10:34am

Ok.. after a breakfast break we’re back monitoring Obama traffic.

Obama should be wrapping up his speech in Corona del Mar and heading out.  He’s scheduled to depart LAX headed for San Francisco at 11:45am.

Currently there is just moderate traffic on E Coast Hwy near Morning Canyon.

We assume he’ll motorcade to John Wayne Airport, then travel via Marine 1 to LAX.

Update 9:13am

Ok.. we should be in the clear for a couple hours.

We’re not seeing any major congestion in Corona del Mar due to Obama’s visit and they should take down the tape shortly.

Remember the following streets in Corona del Mar are closed until noon:

  • Seaward Road from East Coast Highway to Driftwood Road
  • Evening Canyon Road from Morning Canyon Road to Shorecliff Road
  • Driftwood Road from Morning Canyon to Shorecliff Road
  • Morning Canyon Road from East Coast Highway to Shorecliff Road
  • Shorecliff Road

Obama is scheduled to depart LAX at 11:45, so he’ll probably be on the move in Orange County sometime between 10:45am and 11:15am.

Update 9:08am

Getting reports from people at  John Wayne that Marine 1 may have landed there.

KTLA is showing live shots of the motorcade coming down Coast Hwy and turning at Morning Cyn

 

Update 8:53am

Here is a map of the traffic left over from Obama this morning:

Map courtesy Google

Update 8:44am

Reader Mike Farias  reports “just seen a few helicopterslesve cheviot hills hopefully he is gone!!!!! This traffic sucks!!!!”

Update 8:36am

Traffic still very heavy on Olympic, Pico, Wilshire and Santa Monica between the 405 and Beverly Hills.

Everything is clear west of the 405.

Sunset Blvd is still the best, although it is heavy in spots between Beverly and Beverly Glen

Update 8:24am

@BLoos85 reports motorcade just turned on to Pico from Ave of the Stars.  Just a few more minutes and then Orange County gets their Obamajam!

Update 8:20am

KTLA Channel 5 showing cops pulling down the tape on Ave of the Stars and Galaxy… things should start to ease up in a few minutes.

Update 8:17am

@5LiveTraffic said one of their photogs (camera person) saw CHP drive through intersection of Ave of the Stars and Galaxy – definetly on the move

Update 8:09am

KTLA Channel 5′s Ginger Chan just showed a live shot on TV and LAPD has the streets now taped off.

Very heavy traffic on Santa Monica Blvd and Pico right now – must be stopped for the motorcade.

Sunset Blvd is your best route between West LA and Beverly Hills / West Hollywood

Update 7:55am

We’re seeing a lot of congestion suddenly appear along Santa Monica Blvd and Ave of the Stars – president must be on the move.

Update 7:46am

@FormyHealtuy reports the motorcade is ready to depart from the Beverly Hilton. 

Most likely he’ll be headed south down Ave of the Stars and Motor through Century City to Rancho Park / Cheviot Hills Park.

 Update 7:31am (2-16-2012)

So far pretty quiet on the westside, but Obama will be on the move any minute now.

LAPD says to avoid the following areas until 9:30am

  • Santa Monica Blvd/Wilshire Blvd area
  • Pico/Ave of the Stars area

Reader @stevenhofbauer said that LAPD had Santa Monica westbound choked down to one lane, but didn’t say where.

Newport Beach police also just sent out an alert warning motorists to avoid East Coast Highway between Reef Point Dr (north of Jamboree) to Newport Center Dr until 11:30am.

For more info about Obama’s Corona del Mar visit, see below:

Update 12:01am (2-16-2012)

Good morning!  If you’re reading this, you’re probably worried about getting caught up in the presidential traffic as he leaves the Beverly Hilton and travels to Corona del Mar.

The good news is that LAPD and Secret Service actually released some general areas to avoid.  They also did a great job yesterday because the biggest jam ups were confined to the areas they mentioned and did not spread out throughout the entire west side of Los Angeles.

Here’s what we know so far for this morning’s portion of Obamajam…

 

Los Angeles Traffic and Street Closures for Obama Visit – Thursday, February 16, 2012

President Obama will depart the Beverly Hilton Hotel sometime after 7:30am.  Yesterday we learned that his helicopter landed in Rancho Park / Cheviot Hills Park and he was driven from there to the fundraising event.

Since LAPD is advising motorists to avoid the same area they did on Wednesday afternoon, we speculate the motorcade will travel from Beverly Hills, through Century City to the park where he will board the helicopter (Marine 1) for Orange County.

LAPD is advising motorists to avoid these areas between 7:30am and 9:30am

  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica area
  • Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars area

If you work in Century City, we would strongly advise you to arrive early for work (before 7am) or wait until after 10am.  Yesterday we received reports from several readers trapped in their buildings because all the exits to streets in Century City were blocked off.

 

Orange County / Corona del Mar Traffic and Street Closures for Obama Visit – Thursday, February 16, 2012

We do not know where Obama will land in Orange County.  The closest place would appear to be John Wayne Airport and the next closest would be the Los Alamitos Army Airfield.

Major routes in Orange County most likely to be affected:

  • 405 between West LA and Costa Mesa/Irvine
  • 73 between 405 and Newport Coast Dr
  • Newport Coast Dr
  • Jamboree Road
  • Macarthur Blvd
  • San Joaquin Hills Rd
  • Pacific Coast Highway (1)

OCTA bus routes most likely to be affected include 1, 57, 76, and 79.

Newport Beach Police have also released the following residential street closures.  All cars left parked on the following streets between 6am and noon will be towed:

  • Seaward Road from East Coast Highway to Driftwood Road
  • Evening Canyon Road from Morning Canyon Road to Shorecliff Road
  • Driftwood Road from Morning Canyon to Shorecliff Road
  • Morning Canyon Road from East Coast Highway to Shorecliff Road
  • Shorecliff Road

As always, we’ll begin to monitor this situation at 6am and keep you posted on this website, as well as via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

Update 8:07pm

We are now outside of the window that LAPD warned motorists to stay away from the areas around Sunset and Beverly Glen and Santa Monica and Wilshire.

Overall, traffic is moving well across the westside.  It’s still a bit slow on Santa Monica Blvd between Century City and Beverly Hills.

President Obama will be heading to Orange County tomorrow morning sometime between 7:30am and 9:30am … so we will be here to keep you updated.

In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful shot of Air Force 1 sent to us by Darrell at Flynet Pictures.

 

Update 6:24pm

Santa Monica Blvd appears to have the worst traffic.  It is heavy, especially eastbound between the 405 and Beverly Hills.  The worst amount of traffic seems to be concentrated in the Century City / Beverly Hills area.

Pico and Olympic have both cleared out nicely and Sunset remains a decent drive between West LA and Beverly Hills.

Update 5:57pm

While the president is busy and things are quiet, thought we’d pass along this cool recording made by Bradley Snyder of the Air Force 1 landing earlier.

Update 5:49pm

Reader Charles Yamarone just sent us an email confirming that Marine 1 and the helicopters landed in Rancho Park and not at the VA in West LA.  This jives with what other readers were telling us about no activity at the VA.

Thanks to all the readers who passed along the info yesterday and earlier today about Cheviot Hills park (Rancho Park) being closed and the possibility of helicopters landing there.

Update 5:47pm

@FormyHealthGuy reports that traffic is “okay” in Brentwood.  That would jive with what we’re seeing on maps. 

Update 5:41pm

Would like to thank readers Tara, Bradley, Marjorie and Charles for passing along info.  Sorry if we were a bit vague but our website was getting so many hits we were having trouble updating at times.

Update 5:26pm

It’s pretty quiet now.  The president should be at his destination.  Traffic appears to be back to regular Wednesday afternoon 5:30pm speeds.

Remember, starting at 6pm, LAPD says to avoid:

  • Sunset Blvd / Beverly Glen area
  • Wilshire Blvd / Santa Monica Blvd area

Update 4:57pm

Surprisingly, Sunset Blvd is still moving well east of the 405 freeway over in to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

Santa Monica, Olympic and Pico are all gridlocked between West LA and Beverly Hills and traffic in Century City is a mess.

Update 4:44pm

The president is on the move..  Reader @eanziska sent us this picture of the Obama motorcade in Century City:

 

 

Update 4:38pm

We’re seeing the opposite traffic pattern that we normally see when president Obama is in town.  Sunset Blvd is actually not too bad east of the 405 freeway.  Pico, Olympic and Santa Monica are all gridlocked between West LA and Beverly Hills.

Update 4:28pm

From what we’ve seen… Santa Monica Blvd and Pico Blvd are gridlocked between West LA and Beverly Hills.

Still quiet around the VA and Sunset remains open according a reader. 

Update 4:15pm

He’s heading to Marine 1.

Most of the westside is at a standstill right now.  If you haven’t left work yet, wait until 6pm or so when he’s at the fundraiser.

Update 4:12pm

Obama now shaking hands and taking pictures.. still at LAX.

Update 4:08pm

The president has just landed at LAX.

Update 3:30pm

LAPD has released more information about Obama street closures.

LAPD suggests motorists avoid the following areas at the following times:

Wednesday, February 15

4p-6p

  • Pico Blvd / Ave of the Stars area
  • Wilshire Blvd / Santa Monica Blvd area

6p-8:30p

  • Sunset Blvd / Beverly Glen area
  • Wilshire Blvd / Santa Monica Blvd area

Thursday, February 16

7:30am-9:30am

  • Wilshire Blvd / Santa Monica Blvd area
  • Pico Blvd / Ave of the Stars area

We continue to hear people who work and live near the VA say there was not the activity that there normally is during a presidential visit.   This new information about Pico/Ave of the Stars combined with reports of the closure of Cheviot Hills / Rancho Park seems to lend more creedence to Obama being transported there instead of the VA.

This means that our normal advice to stay as far south as possible won’t be a good idea today. 

Update 3:10pm

KCAL 9 is reporting that motorists should avoid Pico and Ave of the Stars as well as the other streets mentioned. 

LA Department of Transportation is also telling motorists to avoid the area around Cheviot Hills Park.

This would jive with what other people have been telling us about Cheviot Hills Park being closed today.

The president is still scheduled to arrive at LAX around 4pm.

Either leave the westside right now, or wait until after 6:30pm when he will be at the Fundraiser.

Currently this is the schedule:

  • 4pm- President arrives at LAX
  • 4:15pm – 4:45pm – President helicoptered to a spot in the westside.  Usually it’s the VA, although there have been rumors of using Cheviot Hills park as it has been closed and LAPD have told people to avoid the area.
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm – President motorcades across the westside to fundraiser in Holmby Hills - We had originally thought Sunset and Wilshire would be most likely affected, but KCAL Channel 9 just reported that Santa Monica and Wilshire along with Pico and Ave of the Stars are streets to be avoided.
  • 6:10pm – President scheduled to speak at the fundraiser
  • 8:30pm-9:30pm – President motorcades back to Beverly Hilton Hotel.

LA Department of Transportation is also reporting the Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Cheviot Hills should be avoided between 7am and 9am.  It looks like that’s when he’ll be departing for the breakfast fundraiser in Corona del Mar.  More info on that below.

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Update 2:27pm

The rumors about President Obama being helicoptered to Cheviot Hills are sounding a bit more likely.

Reader Marjorie just wrote to us and said:

Possible that he will be helicoptered over near Cheviot Hills, streets are quiet over here (no road blocks seen, cops, signs, etc) and we didn’t hear any military aircraft do there checks before hand like we normally do.

Thanks for the tip!

Update 1:43pm (2-15-2012)

We’ve heard from a couple of readers that Rancho Park /Cheviot Hills park is closed and their children’s activities have been cancelled.  We’re not sure why.  The rumor is that the president may be helicoptered there, although we feel that is probably unlikely.

Update 9:12am (2-15-2012)

Looks like some rain could further complicate traffic matters when President Obama visits for fundraising this afternoon in Los Angeles.

The White House has released his schedule for today.  As we previously predicted, Obama will arrive around 4pm at LAX.   He is scheduled to speak at the event at 6:10pm.  So he will most likely be affecting trafffic on the westside between 4:45pm and 5:45pm.

We’ve also got the street closures Obama’s visit to Corona del Mar on Thursday:

  • Seaward Road from East Coast Highway to Driftwood Road
  • Evening Canyon Road from Morning Canyon Road to Shorecliff Road
  • Driftwood Road from Morning Canyon to Shorecliff Road
  • Morning Canyon Road from East Coast Highway to Shorecliff Road
  • Shorecliff Road

Those streets will be closed from 6am until Noon.  Any vehicle parked on those streets will be towed.

See below for info and maps about other major routes that may be affected by President Obama’s visit.

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President Obama will be returning to Los Angeles for fundraising on Wednesday, February 15.

Then he’ll go south to Orange County to attend an event in Corona del Mar on Thursday, February 16.

You know what this means — many street closures and delays as the presidential motorcade goes to and fro.

The good news this time is that he won’t have to travel as far as usual, so the traffic impact should be lighter.  Also, most closures are expected to be “rolling” which means police pick up the barricades as soon as the President’s motorcade has passed.

Here’s what we have so for as we continue to piece together the closures.  These are our best assumptions taking in to account past visits and current info.  This is highly subject to change!

Wednesday, February 15, 2102

  • Sometime after 3pm: President arrives at LAX
  • Sometime between 3:45 and 4:15pm: President will be helicoptered from LAX to the VA
  • Sometime between 4:15pm and 5pm: President will be driven across the westside to the fundraiser at the home of soap opera mogul Bradley Bell in the Holmby Hills / Beverly Hills area.  Will Ferrell will host.  Major east-west streets most likely to be affected are Sunset and Wilshire. 
  • Sometime between 8pm and 9pm: President will likely return to Beverly Hilton hotel to spend the night.  This may occur even earlier as the President is attending a breakfast fundraiser in Corona del Mar at 7am.

In addition to street closures, bus routes most likely to be affected include 2, 702, 4, 704, 20 and 720.

Here is a map of the street closures and areas in  likely to be affected by Obama’s visit in the Los Angeles / Holmby Hils / Beverly Hills area:

Map courtesy Google

 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Here’s the big question mark – President Obama will be attending a breakfast at the home of Jeff and Nancy Stack in Corona del Mar at 7am.

It is unclear if President Obama will travel via car or via helicopter to Newport Beach.  Newport Beach police did tell the Orange County Register that they are working with the Secret Service but no route has been planned.

Because it is so early, it shouldn’t disrupt traffic too badly.

That being said, the following major roads are MOST LIKELY to be disrupted:

  • 405 between West LA and Costa Mesa/Irvine
  • 73 between 405 and Newport Coast Dr
  • Newport Coast Dr
  • Jamboree Road
  • Macarthur Blvd
  • San Joaquin Hills Rd
  • Pacific Coast Highway (1)

There’s a chance that the President may be helicoptered somewhere like John Wayne Airport and then driven the final stretch.

OCTA bus routes most likely to be affected include 1, 57, 76, and 79.

Here is a map of the street closures and areas likely to be affected by Obama’s visit to Corona del Mar:

 

Map courtesy Google

 

Check back as we update with more information as it becomes available.

Chris Hughes
chrish@totaltrafficla.com

 

 

 


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