Heads of state, diplomats from across the Western Hemisphere expected; Angelenos should prepare for some impacts to local commute
LOS ANGELES — The City of Los Angeles is privileged to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas from June 6-10, a gathering expected to include world leaders from throughout North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The Ninth Summit is only the second time the United States has hosted since 1994, when the inaugural summit was held in Miami.
“We’re thrilled to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles and to welcome leaders from across the Western Hemisphere here to focus on our shared goal to secure a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for all our peoples,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Summit will bring not only real benefits to our communities and local economy, but also result in temporary changes to traffic patterns in some parts of the City — and we want to make sure that Angelenos are aware of, and prepared for, these impacts on our streets, highways, and freeways.”
Traffic will likely be impacted in the Downtown LA area and around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 10 pm Monday, June 6 through noon Saturday, June 11. The following are operational impacts expected during the Summit.
Passengers traveling to or from Los Angeles International Airport should expect rolling traffic impacts. Departing passengers are encouraged to allow additional time to reach the airport, particularly on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Follow @FlyLAXStats on Twitter for the latest updates on travel times to and through the airport’s Central Terminal Area. Updates will also be posted as needed on the airport’s main Twitter feed, @FlyLAXAirport.
In order to avoid traffic congestion and delays in Downtown Los Angeles during the Summit of the Americas, the areas between the 10 and 101 freeways, and east of the 110 should be avoided whenever possible.
Separately, on Thursday, June 9, on Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) — from Coastline Drive to the Santa Monica tunnel (McClure Tunnel) — one southbound traffic lane will be dedicated to emergency vehicles from noon to 10 pm.
From 10 pm on Monday, June 6 through noon on Saturday, June 11, commuters should avoid the following access points to Downtown:
- Connector ramps from the east and westbound 10 Freeway to the 110 Freeway North
- The 110 Freeway northbound exits into Downtown LA, to include Pico Boulevard, 9th Street, 6th Street, 4th Street, and 3rd Street
- The 110 Freeway southbound exits for 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard
- Figueroa Street, north and southbound traffic, between Washington Boulevard and 3rd Street
- Pico Boulevard, east and westbound traffic, between Union Avenue and Grand Avenue
- 7th Street, east and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street
- Wilshire Boulevard, east and westbound traffic, between Bixel Street and Flower Street
There are several other roads in Downtown Los Angeles that will be intermittently closed to traffic due to the Summit.
To access the Downtown area, motorists should use the following freeway exits:
- Traveling westbound on the 10 Freeway, exit 16A Santa Fe, 15B Alameda Street, 15A Central Ave, 14B San Pedro Street, 14A Convention Center.
- Traveling eastbound on the 10 Freeway, exit Convention Center/Grand Avenue/Olive Street, 14A Maple Avenue, 14B San Pedro Street, 15A Central Avenue, 15B Alameda Street, 16A Santa Fe Avenue.
- Traveling Northbound on the 110 Freeway, exit 20B 37th Street and Exposition Boulevard, 20C Adams Boulevard, or transition onto either the 10 or 101 Freeways east or westbound.
Businesses within these designated streets will remain open and foot traffic, private bicycles, etc. will be permitted as well.
Caltrans District 7, which oversees Los Angeles freeways, expects lane and ramp closures in the downtown area, especially those leading to and away from the Los Angeles Convention Center. Updates will be provided during the week through @CaltransDist7 and @CaltransHQ.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation anticipates no suspended or canceled routes during the Summit week. However, detours are likely for DASH routes A, B, E, and F as well as Commuter Express lines 409, 419, 422, 423, 431, 437, 438, 439, 448, 534, and the Union Station/Bunker Hill shuttle and some stops will be temporarily closed. More specifics will be available throughout the summit via LADOT’s Rider Alerts page at ladottransit.com/whatsnew and via Twitter at @ladotofficial and @ladottransit.
Similarly, Los Angeles Metro buses and trains may experience detours. Riders can follow LA Metro's service alerts feed on Twitter @metrolaalerts for updates.
Additional changes may be communicated from relevant agencies and will also be available at unifiedla.lacity.org and via Twitter @unifiedla.