Metro rising to the occasion, will be running enhanced service on metro rail on Saturday, Oct. 13 to accommodate shuttle visitors. Expect road closures, rolling blackouts, traffic chaos and amazzzzzzzing awesomeness – count on it.
The shuttle at sunset from Inhabitat
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking the public not to gather along the shuttle route, due to traffic and safety concerns.
No cars will be allowed into Expo Park and road closures surrounding the shuttle route are expected to cause traffic issues.
Expo Park will be the only mass viewing area for the shuttle. Endeavour fans should gather around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 along Bill Robertson Lane. You can ride the Expo Line, again no cars will be allowed into the park.
Both the Expo/Vermont Station and Expo Park/USC Station will drop you off a short walk from the official shuttle route.
The shuttle will be transported starting hours before dawn on Friday morning (Oct. 12) and end after nightfall on Saturday the 13th. There will be long stops along the way, as continuous road work and adjustments will be made in real time along the way. Things such as power lines moved and transformer lines de-energized, re-enegized, lowered and raised, respectively.
The move even has a nickname, “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour.”
The Endeavour flew 25 missions to space between 1992 and 2011.
For the specific roads closed and maps go to the bottom of this post.
This is a photo from NASA. The space shuttle Endeavour and its 747 carrier aircraft soar off the California coast near Ventura as its heads to the Los Angeles area during the final portion of its tour of California Sept. 21. (NASA / Jim Ross)
Some excerpts from Space.com…
“Despite being initially promoted by Los Angeles’ mayor as the “mother of all parades,” the logistics of transporting a spacecraft with a 78-foot (24 meter) wingspan and a 58-foot-tall (18 meter) tail required the police to shut down streets and sidewalks, limiting public viewing to only a few designated areas along the route. Still, tens of thousands of residents and visitors are expected turn out to witness Endeavour’s slow trek to its new home.
Turn left at Exposition Park
Endeavour is scheduled to depart LAX airport property at around 2 a.m. PDT (5 a.m. EDT; 0900 GMT) Friday (Oct. 11). The first day of the move will be punctuated by short drives and long stops as crews work to raise power lines between the airport and the overpass that the shuttle will cross over the freeway. [Map: Mission 26: The Big Endeavour]
Endeavour will take Westchester Boulevard to Sepulveda, where it will make its first extended stop for about nine hours in a parking lot as the first set of transformer lines are de-energized and raised.
That afternoon, Endeavour will continue down Manchester Boulevard, crossing into Inglewood and stopping for another six hours as its path is cleared.
Out of safety concerns involving the power line work, Los Angeles and Inglewood police departments have said
that public viewing will be limited on Friday until Endeavour’s overnight crossing of the 405 is completed.
Originally, the plan was for Toyota to lend one of its stock Tundra trucks to tow the shuttle on its last quarter-mile (400 meters) to the science center. Instead, the pickup will be used to move Endeavour over the freeway due to its computer-driven transporters not being cleared for use on the overpass.
By Saturday morning at around 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT), Endeavour should be passing by Inglewood City Hall, where it was initially expected to stop.
The city hall grounds should still offer plenty of opportunities for the public to see the shuttle on the move, but it will continue on its way to The Forum for a ceremony that will ‘launch’ Endeavour’s final journey.
The Inglewood Police Department said it is expecting between 10,000 and 14,000 people to attend the event at the arena.
Leaving The Forum celebration, Endeavour will head back into Los Angeles and pause again at Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard for the Debbie Allen production at around 2 p.m. (5 p.m. EDT; 2100 GMT).
The intersection will be able to accommodate only about 1,500 spectators, according to the LAPD.
Endeavour will then roll along King to Bill Robertson Lane and then turn left into Exposition Park on the final stretch to the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Display Pavilion.
The arrival at the CSC, which is expected around 9 p.m. PDT (midnight EDT; 0400 GMT Oct. 14), may provide the best opportunity for the public to see the Endeavour during its road trip. The center plans to debut Endeavour to the public on Oct. 30.
According to city officials, Endeavour will be one of the largest objects ever to be transported over city streets in Los Angeles history. Moving the 155,000-pound (70,300 kilogram) orbiter presented the science center and local police departments with significant logistical challenges. [Photos: Shuttle Endeavour's California Sightseeing Tour]
“We urge all those who are interested in viewing this once in a lifetime event to visit the space shuttle at one of the designated viewing locations or at its new home at the California Science Center,” Villaraigosa said.
To make way for the space shuttle, the CSC worked with the cities of L.A. and Inglewood to facilitate the temporary removal and re-installation of power lines, traffic signals and street lights as Endeavour traverses through these communities. In evaluating the best route, it also became necessary to remove several hundred trees.
For every tree that was removed, up to four trees of higher quality will be planted in its place with other improvements to beautify these areas. Two years of tree maintenance will also be provided by the CSC Foundation.
According to the LAPD, extremely large crowds from all over Southern California are anticipated to show up in an attempt to see the shuttle in its final miles through the streets. Due to the road closures and limited parking, the police have cautioned that this influx will likely result in significant traffic congestion and long delays in and out of the area.”
More from Space.com here.
The California Science Center has posted Endeavour’s turn-by-turn directions, and more information here.
- LAX United/Continental Hangar to Northside access road security gate
- Exit security gate and travel east on Northside Parkway to Lincoln Boulevard
- Cross Lincoln Boulevard onto McConnell Avenue
- Turn right onto Westchester Parkway to La Tijera Boulevard
- Turn left onto La Tijera Boulevard
- Holding area near La Tijera and Sepulveda Eastway
- Continue on La Tijera to Manchester Avenue
- Turn right onto Manchester to Crenshaw Drive
- Turn left onto Crenshaw Drive to Crenshaw Boulevard
- Continue on Crenshaw Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard
- Turn right on King to Bill Robertson Lane
- Turn left on Bill Robertson Lane into Exposition Park
- Travel east across South Lawn into the Endeavour Display Pavilion at the California Science Center
Sonya also turned me on to a really cool site Aviation Week. The information below is from there them. You may want to check out their website. They have a lot of great information.
“The shuttle has been at LAX since arriving on the back of NASA Boeing 747 SCA N905NA on Sept 21 and will start its last journey (dubbed Mission26 by organizers) from there at 2 am on the morning of Oct 12. By 4.15 pm, LA Police Department estimate the Endeavour convoy will be crossing interstate 405 – no doubt providing a bizarre spectacle to those who are, at that time of the day, normally stationary on the Freeway around that area.
LAPD’s Unified Command and the Science Center are providing dedicated viewing public locations along the route.
On October 13th, at around 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the City of Inglewood will have an event and Endeavour will be on display for half an hour, in front of the Forum. Free parking is being set up at the Hollywood Park Race Track.
On October 13th, at around 2 p.m., Endeavour will stop for about a half an hour for a planned event at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Blvd. There is a dedicated area for the public to stand and view the stage, north on Crenshaw Blvd. from MLK. Space is limited so come early say the LAPD.On October 13th, at around 8:30 p.m., Endeavour will reach its final destination .
Large parking lots have been dedicated for public viewing between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Ave., north of MLK.”
“October 11 (10p-6a)
- Northside Pkwy between Westchester Pkwy and Lincoln Blvd
- Westchester Pkwy between Lincoln Blvd and La Tijera Blvd
- La Tijera Blvd between Westchester Pkwy and Sepulveda Blvd
FRIDAY – October 12 4am-5pm
- La Tijera Blvd between Sepulveda Blvd and Manchester Ave
- Manchester Ave betweeb La Tijera and Aviation
(24 hours) 8pm to Oct 13 8pm
- Crenshaw Blvd between Vernon and MLK
- Martin Luther King Jr Blvd between Crenshaw and 4th
SATURDAY October 13 10am-3pm
- Crenshaw Blvd between 80th St and Vernon
- Martin Luther King Blvd between 4th and Bill Robertson
- Bill Robertson Lane between Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Exposition Park
Space Shuttle Viewing Areas
- Forum – Oct 13 from 8a-10a. Free parking at the Hollywood Park Race Track. No overnight stays and the lot opens at 4am
- Crenshaw and MLK – Around 2p the shuttle will stop for half an hour and the public can view from a dedicated area north on Crenshaw from MLK
- Bill Robertson Lane – On Oct 13, the shuttle will reach its final destination. Four parking lots have been set up to watch the shuttle roll up to the California Science Center.. . it should arrive around 8:30pm. Use of the Expo Line is recommended.”
Metro is rising to the occasion and will be running enhanced service on Metro Rail on Saturday, Oct. 13 to accommodate shuttle visitors.
Expo Park will be the only mass viewing area for the shuttle.
Endeavour fans should gather around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 along Bill Robertson Lane. No cars will be allowed into the park. Both the Expo/Vermont Station and Expo Park/USC Station will drop you off a short walk from the official shuttle route.
The Expo Line will run at 6 minute headways from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and the Red, Purple and Gold lines will also run enhanced service. To make the trip easier on yourself, load up your TAP card before Endeavour starts to move. For more information go to Metro.net.
Photo of crew working from press telegram