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Roll Out the Red Carpet, Close Off the Streets

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Final preparations are being made for tomorrow evening's big Academy Awards bash, which means Hollywood is in for an ongoing traffic clusterfuck.

Today's closures (pictured) have created a no man's land on the perimeter of the Kodak Theatre, which means streets and sidewalks have limited to no access for vehicles and pedestrians.

Of course, the real logistical nightmare kicks in tomorrow when closures extend to streets south and west of the event (including portions of Wilcox, Highland, Yucca, and Hawthorn, as well as the Highland offramp on the Southbound 101 freeway.

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We've got a complete list of closures today, tomorrow, and Monday after the jump.

1 Day Prior to Show (Saturday, February 23, 2008):

1. Close Orange Drive from Orchid Alley to Hollywood Boulevard, from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for local residents, local business access, and emergency vehicles.

2. Close Orchid Street from 60 feet south of Franklin Boulevard to Orchid Alley from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for residents, emergency vehicles, and hotel loading.

3. Close north and south sidewalk of Hawthorn Avenue from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

4. Close north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008. MTA station to be by-passed from the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 23 until the first scheduled train after 6 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2008. Pedestrian traffic rerouted to south sidewalk.

5. Close west sidewalk of Highland Avenue from the Johnny Grant Way south to Hollywood Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

6. Close Johnny Grant Way from Highland Avenue to Orchid Street from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

Day of Show (Sunday, February 24, 2008):

1. Close remainder of Hawthorn Alley from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

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2. Close north and south crosswalks on Hollywood Boulevard at the Highland Avenue intersection from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008

3. Close south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to 300 feet east of Highland Avenue from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for 8-foot pedestrian access. Erect bike rack.

4. Close south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard directly in front of the north-south running Hawthorn Alley from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008. Erect fencing along the entire sidewalk. No pedestrian access to cross alley.

5. Close east sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Hawthorn Avenue from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for 8-foot pedestrian access. Erect bike rack.

6. Close west sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard south to Hawthorn Boulevard from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for 8-foot pedestrian access. Erect bike rack and fencing.

7. Close north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to 75 feet east of Highland Avenue in front of closed businesses from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008. Erect bike rack.

8. Close north sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard from 75 feet east of Highland Avenue to 300 feet east of Highland Avenue from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for 8-foot pedestrian access. Erect bike rack.

9. Erect bike rack on the east curb of Highland Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to the alley north of Hollywood Boulevard from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

10. Close east sidewalk of Highland Avenue from Yucca Street south to the alley from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2008 except for 8-foot pedestrian access.

11. Close southbound 101-freeway off-ramp at Highland.

12. Restricted access on streets that end at or intersect Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue at the discretion of the LAPD and LADOT.

Day after Show (Monday, February 25, 2008):

1. Close north curb lane of Hawthorn Avenue from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2008.

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