By Aaron Blevins, 2/21/2013
Preparations are underway for the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 24. The event will be hosted by comedian Seth MacFarlane.
Around Hollywood, the annual street closures have commenced, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has begun to enforce its restricted no-parking policy in the area.
On Feb. 24, there will be restricted parking on or near several Hollywood streets, including Franklin Avenue, La Brea Avenue, Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street, Highland Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Hawthorn Avenue, Orange Drive, Detroit Street, Wilcox Avenue, McCadden Place, Yucca Street, Las Palmas Avenue, Fountain Avenue, De Longpre Avenue, Cole Place, Santa Monica Boulevard, Mansfield Avenue, Homewood Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Outpost Drive, Outpost Circle, Hillside Avenue and El Cerrito Place.
Vehicles parked in restricted no-parking areas will be towed to the Official Police Garage, Hollywood Tow, 1015 N. Mansfield Ave. when cited by LADOT. Motorists are advised to check the Official Police Garages website, www.opglaviic.com, to find their vehicle. They may also call 3-1-1 or Hollywood Tow at (323)466-8583.
In conjunction with the parking restrictions, drivers should also be aware of street closures that will impact travel in the Hollywood area.
Through Feb. 26, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. On Feb. 24, beginning at 4 a.m., Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between La Brea Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, as will Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.
Additional streets will be closed on Feb. 24, beginning at 10 a.m., to assist with the circulation of event arrivals. Also closed on the day of the show will be the southbound Highland Avenue off-ramp from the 101 Freeway.
For closure details, visit www.oscars.org/closures. Area residents are urged to use public transit. For information, call Metro at (323)466-3876 or visit the agency’s trip planner web site, www.metro.net. Area commuters can visit the LADOT’s website, trafficinfo.lacity.org, for real-time traffic and parking facilities information.