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Traffic Alert: LACMA Rock Jamming Up Our Streets Today

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Geology enthusiasts, art lovers, and anyone who needs to travel between South L.A. and the Miracle Mile, a big ol' 340-ton reminder: The LACMA rock is coming to town, and traffic is going to be messy as streets are closed to accommodate the unique wide load.

Already, Los Angeles Department of Transportation officials are warning motorists to avoid southbound Figueroa between Gage Avenue and 66th Street in South Los Angeles, because two of three southbound lanes in the area are closed for the boulder being transferred to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reports City News Service.

According to DOT Southern District Engineer Crystal Killian, large traffic backups can be expected north of Gage during peak rush hours. Broadway or Hoover are suggested alternate routes.

Friday night marks the end of the road for the rock, which is soon to be installed as artist Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass." Here are tonight's road closures:

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On its scheduled final leg, the convoy will travel north on Figueroa Street, west on Adams Boulevard, north on Western Avenue, west on Wilshire Boulevard, north on Fairfax and east around the block on Sixth Street to its permanent home on the museum's north lawn.