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UPDATED: Weekend Traffic: Roads closed for USC's first home game

File: Running back Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans carries the football against the Oklahoma Sooners defense in the second quarter during the FedEx Orange Bowl 2005 National Championship on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
File: Running back Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans carries the football against the Oklahoma Sooners defense in the second quarter during the FedEx Orange Bowl 2005 National Championship on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
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Trojans to face Cougars

The USC Trojans will play against the Washington State Cougars in their first home game of the 2013 football season Saturday. Nearly 90,000 football fans are expected to attend, and three street segments will be closed to through traffic "to better clear the streets"on game night.

According to Metro's blog, The Source, the following streets will be closed:

Beginning 10 p.m. and lasting until 12 a.m., Figueroa Street between Exposition Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed to through traffic. Exposition Boulevard from Vermont Avenue to Figueroa Street will be closed. Also, Martin Luther King Boulevard from Vermont Avenue to Figueroa Street will be closed.
 

On the upside, a portion of the 110 ExpressLanes will be open to all motorists, even those without a transponder:

The I-110 Metro ExpressLanes beginning at 28th Street/Flower and 39th Street are open to all motorists, even if they do not have a transponder. Motorists may drive all the way to Manchester Avenue toll free. Regular ExpressLanes rules apply for any motorist remaining in the lanes after Manchester. You don’t need a transponder to participate in the special post-game offer, which applies to all USC home games beginning in the fourth quarter and lasting until two hours after the game ends.

One more thing, Metro is urging fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

“Fans who go Metro to the games don’t have to sit in traffic," said USC Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve Lopes. "They are delivered to Exposition Park, which is just a short walk from the Coliseum.”

Saturday's game begins at 7:30 p.m. On game day, trains will run more frequently, starting three hours before kickoff and lasting until a little more than an hour after the game ends.

Read more details about the service on Metro's blog The Source.

Anaheim hosts multiple Angels home games

Since we're talking sports, it's also worth noting that the Angels will have multiple home games this weekend, likely to cause bumper-to-bumper traffic near Angels Stadium in Anaheim. 

On Thursday, the Angels face the Rays at 7:05 p.m. They then face the Rangers on Friday at 7:05 p.m., on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and again Sunday at 12:35 p.m.

Expect delays at East Katella Avenue between the 57 Freeway and State College Boulevard. East Orangewood Avenue near the 57 Freeway may also get a little busy this weekend. 

Obamajam averted in LA

The White House says President Barack Obama will not be in Los Angeles next week as previously planned. He will instead be focusing on a possible response to chemical weapons use in Syria.

Obama would have been in L.A. on Monday for a high-priced dinner benefiting the Democratic National Committee.


Here's a list of confirmed closures that may affect your commute this weekend:

I-5
SR-118/I-5
I-5/SR-14
I-405
SR-2
I-710
Imperial Highway
SR-57
US-101
SR-91
SR-47
SR-39
Road Closure
OCTA Alerts
Metro and Metrolink Alerts
Bike Route Alerts