LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Traveling through the heart of Hollywood will be progressively more difficult over the next two weeks as street and sidewalk closures begin in preparation for the Feb. 24 Oscar ceremony.
The right lane of westbound Hollywood Boulevard was closed Sunday morning between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive as crews began unloading equipment to install the lengthy red carpet and adjacent bleachers. Curb lanes on Orange Drive north of Hollywood Boulevard were also closed.
Hollywood Boulevard will be completely closed in both directions between Highland and Orange at 8 p.m. Tuesday, but it will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the north curb lane of Hawthorn Avenue will be closed between Highland and Orange Drive and remain closed until 6 a.m. Feb. 27.
On Sunday, Hollywood Boulevard will be completely closed in both directions at 10 p.m., and remain closed until 6 a.m. Feb. 27.
Other closures that will take effect Sunday are:
-- the south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland, with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access;
-- the north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the Dolby Theatre portal;
-- the north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to Orange, with the exception of an 8-foot pedestrian access;
-- the pedestrian mid-block crosswalk on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange; and
-- the south curb lane of Hawthorn Avenue from Highland to Orange.
At 10 p.m. Feb. 18, Hawthorn Alley east of the El Capitan Theatre will close from Hollywood Boulevard south 210 feet.
On Feb. 22, two days before the show, Hawthorn Avenue will close between Highland and Orange, and it will remain closed until 6 a.m. Feb. 25.
On Feb. 23, the day before the show, a series of other closures will begin:
-- Orchid Street will close from 60 feet south of Franklin Boulevard to Orchid Alley.
-- Orange will close from Orchid Alley to Hollywood Boulevard.
-- The north and south sidewalks of Hawthorn Avenue will close from Highland to Orange.
-- The north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard will close completely from Highland to Orange.
-- The west sidewalk of Highland will close from Johnny Grant Way south to Hollywood Boulevard.
-- Johnny Grant Way from Highland to Orchid Street will close.
On Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, the following restrictions will take effect:
-- The remainder of Hawthorn Alley from Orange to Highland will close.
-- Orange will close from Lanewood Avenue to Hollywood Boulevard.
-- The north and south sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland to 300 feet east of Highland will close, with an 8-foot pedestrian access on the south side.
-- The south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard will close directly in front of the north-south running Hawthorn Alley.
-- The east sidewalk and curb lane of Highland from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard will close, except for an 8-foot pedestrian access.
-- The west sidewalk and curb lane of Highland from Johnny Grant to Sunset Boulevard will close, except for an 8-foot pedestrian access.
-- The north and south crosswalks on Hollywood Boulevard at the Highland intersection will close.
-- Highland Avenue will close from Sunset to Franklin Avenue.
-- Hollywood Boulevard will be closed from La Brea Boulevard to Orange Drive, and from Highland Avenue to Cahuenga Boulevard.
-- Hawthorn Avenue will close between Orange Drive and La Brea, and from Highland and McCadden Place.
-- McCadden Place will close from Yucca Street to Hollywood Boulevard.
-- Wilcox Avenue will close between Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards.
On Oscar Sunday, Metro Red Line trains will bypass the Hollywood and Highland station. Regular service will resume at 6 a.m. Feb. 25.
Metro bus routes along Hollywood Boulevard will be re-routed during the street closures.
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