Streets to close as early as Monday
With only 10 days left until Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the city of Los Angeles have firmed up security strategies and street closure plans for the 75th Academy Awards.Precautions are being taken to facilitate the Oscarcast’s production needs and to provide as safe an environment as possible for the telecast. Details of the closures and maps of affected areas will be available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Sixth and 13th District City Council field offices. They also will be posted on www.oscars.org. Highlights of the arrangements are as follows:
- Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive for six days, beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, for construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages for the Academy Awards red carpet.
- Additional streets will be closed on the day of the show, March 23, including Highland from Sunset Boulevard to Franklin Avenue, and Hollywood Boulevard from Cahuenga to La Brea. The southbound Highland off-ramp from the 101 Freeway also will be closed on Oscar day.
- Also on the day of the show, north/south streets between Cahuenga and La Brea that cross or dead-end on Hollywood Boulevard will be restricted to residents and local business traffic for the block north and south of Hollywood.
- Franklin will remain open in both directions from La Brea to Highland, and the northbound Highland on-ramp to the 101 Freeway will be open.
- MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station following the last regularly scheduled train on March 22. Service to the station resumes with the first train March 24.