Big crowds expected for Endeavour’s final mission through South LA

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The Southland’s gearing up for next week’s Space Shuttle Endeavour trek through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles. Starting early Friday, October 12th, crews will lead the massive spaceship on a frame from LA International Airport to the California Science Center. The LAPD is placing priority on crowd control.

If you thought Endeavour’s Southland flyover drew large crowds, expect at least an instant replay for the shuttle’s two-day journey along the Crenshaw Corridor. Authorities predict that people from all over Southern California will pack the area to watch.

LA police officers and firefighters are preparing for traffic gridlock because officials plan to shut off streets and even some sidewalks along the route.

Here's their list of affected streets:

On Friday October 12, 2012
• Lincoln Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue
• Westchester Parkway between Sepulveda Boulevard and Airport Boulevard
• La Tijera between Sepulveda Boulevard Manchester Avenue
• Manchester Avenue between La Tijera Boulevard and Crenshaw Drive (City of Inglewood)

On Saturday October 13, 2012
• Manchester Boulevard between (Inglewood Forum) and Crenshaw Drive
• Crenshaw Drive between Manchester Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard
• Crenshaw Boulevard between Manchester Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard
• Martin Luther King Boulevard Between Crenshaw Boulevard Figueroa Avenue

Authorities say they’ve worked for months to identify the least intrusive way to steer Endeavour to its final resting place near the science center in Exposition Park.

The LAPD will discuss its plan to keep people safe during Endeavour’s journey. Authorities have scheduled a news conference at the California Science Center Thursday morning at 9.