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Your Guide To Avoiding The 2022 LA Marathon’s Traffic Headaches

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Participants run along Hollywood Boulevard during the pandemic-delayed 36th annual Los Angeles Marathon on Nov. 7, 2021.
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The Los Angeles Marathon returns on Sunday, and with it comes a hodgepodge of road closures and traffic delays.

The 37th annual race starts at Dodger Stadium. The route winds through downtown, across Little Tokyo to Hollywood Boulevard and slopes downward as it ends at the Avenue of the Stars in Century City. In total, runners will traverse 26.2 miles of roadway.

The main event begins at 6:30 a.m. with the wheelchair start, but the field is expected to fill up quickly as elite women and men join the run before 7 a.m.

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Street closures where people won’t be allowed to cross the course will be set up between 3 and 5 a.m. As the racers move along the route, the streets are expected to open back up on a rolling basis.

Here’s a breakdown of which streets and freeway off-ramps to avoid.

Freeway Exits To Avoid And Alternate Routes 

Northbound 110: Two off-ramps in this direction will be closed. The exits are expected to reopen by 9:42 a.m. To gain access to Chinatown with an alternate route, use the Solano Avenue exit.

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Here are the off-ramp closures:

  • Hill Street and Stadium Way
  • Northbound 110 to southbound 101 at Temple Street

Southbound 110: Three off-ramps in this direction will be closed. The areas should reopen by 9:35 a.m. For Chinatown access from the southbound direction, use the Solano Avenue exit. To get to north of Sunset Boulevard, use the Silver Lake Boulevard exit via the North 101 freeway or the Glendale 2 freeway.

Here are the off-ramp closures:

  • Hill Street
  • Stadium Way
  • Sunset Boulevard

Southbound 101: The six off-ramps in this direction are expected to reopen between 10:05 a.m. and 11:44 a.m. For access into downtown L.A. from this direction, use the Alameda Street exit or go through the southbound 110 freeway and exit on 4th Street. If you’re looking to go south of Hollywood Boulevard, use the Sunset Boulevard exit on the 101.

Here are the off-ramp closures:

  • Temple Street
  • Broadway
  • Highland Boulevard
  • The right turn lane of Vine Street
  • The right turn lane of Gower Street
  • Hollywood Boulevard
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Northbound 101: The six off-ramps in this direction are expected to reopen between 9:50 a.m. and 12 p.m. Similar to southbound alternate routes, use the Alameda Street exit for access into downtown L.A. and Union Station. To get north of Sunset Boulevard, use the Silver Lake Boulevard exit or go through the Glendale 2 freeway. To drive south of Hollywood Boulevard, use the Sunset Boulevard exit.

Here are the off-ramp closures:

  • Spring Street
  • Grand Avenue
  • Echo Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • The left turn lane of Gower Street
  • Highland Boulevard (the ramp’s left lane that goes to Cahuenga Boulevard will still be open)

Southbound 405: The off-ramps that will be closed in this direction are expected to reopen between 2:50 p.m. and 3 p.m. To get east of the 405 freeway, use the Olympic Boulevard exit on the southbound side. If you need to drive west of the 405, it’s best to use the southbound exits at Sunset or Santa Monica Boulevard.

Here are the off-ramp closures:

  • The left lane of Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Both directions of Wilshire Boulevard

Street Closures

Dozens of streets will be closed along the route. As runners move through the course, the roads are expected to reopen starting as early at 9 a.m., though some may stay shut until Sunday evening.

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Here’s a full, alphabetical list of which streets will be closed and when:

  • 1st Street between Hope and San Pedro Street from 4 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • 3rd Street between San Pedro and Hill Street from 4 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • 4th Street between Los Angeles and Main St from 4 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Alpine Street between Hill and Alameda Street from 4 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
  • Avenue of the Stars between Santa Monica Boulevard and Olympic Avenue from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Bellevue Avenue between Sunset and Glendale Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Broadway between Cesar Chavez Avenue to Alpine Street from 4 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
  • Burton Way between Robertson Boulevard and Rexford Drive from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cesar Chavez Avenue between Bunker Hill and Alameda Street from 4 a.m. to 9:32 a.m.
  • Doheny Drive between Nemo Street and Wilshire Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Edgeware Road between Temple Boston Street from 4 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Elysian Park Avenue between Dodger Stadium and Sunset Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Glendale Boulevard between Temple Street and Sunset Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Grand Avenue between Cesar Chavez Avenue and 2nd Street from 4 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Hill Street between 4th and Temple Street from 4 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Hollywood Boulevard between Hillhurst Avenue and La Brea from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Los Angeles Street between Temple and 5th Street from 4 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Main Street between 5th and Temple Street from 4 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Orange Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Sierra Drive from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. The road will also be closed in three other areas: between Rexford Drive and Moreno Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., between Rexford Drive and Moreno Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., and between Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • San Vicente Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. The road will also be closed between Wilshire Boulevard and Saltair Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Avenue from 5 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Spring Street between College and 1st Street from 4 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard between Park Avenue and Figueroa Street from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. The road will also be closed in two other sections: between Echo Park and Virgil Avenue from 4 a.m. to 11:10 a.m and between Highland Avenue Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Temple Street between Alameda Street and Glendale Boulevard from 4 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Wilshire Boulevard between Beverly Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. The road will also be closed between Sepulveda Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 5 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Local-Only Closures

There’s a set of additional street closures that will only allow local access, meaning you’ll need to live there or have another reason to access the street directly.

You can find a full list of the closures in Los Angeles, Hollywood and West Hollywood here.

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