Traffic Roundup: Obamajam, rock climbing road work, and beyond the 'ramp jam'

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks at Mount Rainier upon arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 2013. Obama arrived in Seattle to attend Democratic fundraising events. Politics aside, his planned stops in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday could temporarily affect traffic for commuters.

With a presidential visit, road closures and holiday travel, traffic could be especially bad in some spots this week. Here are a few of the key events and closures to look out for as the holiday week gets underway.

'Obamajam'

Politics aside, a visit from the president spells transportation nightmare for many Angelenos. President Barack Obama arrives in Los Angeles for two days beginning Monday afternoon. The Los Angeles Police Department has issued the following guidelines — and they are just that, guidelines — to help you plan your trip:

Monday

Time Streets Likely To Be Affected
4:00 – 5 pm Streets surrounding Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport
4:45 – 10 pm Streets surrounding Westwood Area and the City of Beverly Hills — West to East: 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard; North to South: Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard

Tuesday

Time Streets Likely To Be Affected
8:00 am – 10:45 am Streets surrounding the Wilshire Area of Los Angeles: West to East: Fairfax Avenue to Western Avenue; North to South: Beverly Boulevard to Pico Boulevard
10:30 am – 1:30 pm Streets Surrounding the City of Glendale: West to East: Riverside Drive, San Fernando Road and Grandview Avenue to North Pacific Avenue; North to South: West Kenneth Road to Victory Boulevard, San Fernando Road, 5 and 134 Freeway
1:15 – 2 pm Streets surrounding Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport
I-405

"Ramp Jam" may be over, but work on the 405 continues. The northbound 405 will be completely closed on Monday and Tuesday nights as part of the Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project. Ramps will begin closing as early as 7 p.m. and full closures will run from midnight to 5 a.m. both nights. Read more

Route 1

Pacific Coast Highway will be closed intermittently in both directions between Las Posas and Deer Creek roads on Monday and Tuesday as workers rappel down the cliffs to remove rocks that loosened during the recent Springs Fire. It's the first step in an effort to prevent future rock slides on the road. The closures may cause delays of 20 to 30 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to Caltrans. Read more

Caltrans climbers begin scaling PCH cliffs to remove rocks

Map of PCH closures

 

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