We all stopped in our tracks to watch it fly through the sky, and now many plan catch a glimpse of the Endeavour Space Shuttle up close and personal as it travels along L.A. streets to its new home at the California Science Center.
The Endeavour’s 12-mile, two- day journey doesn’t take place until Oct. 12, but police officials are warning the public now to be prepared for “extremely large crowds,” street closures and traffic jams during the trek.
Moving the 170,000 pound shuttle at just 2 mph through the streets will not only mark the first time a shuttle has been transported through an urban city, but “one of the largest objects ever to be transported over city streets in Los Angeles history,” according to a press release from the LAPD.
To help prepare the city for the once-in-a-lifetime parade through the streets, LAPD has released planned street closures ahead of the date. As the date approaches, the LAPD will have more details about public viewing opportunities on Oct. 13 at the Forum and at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Crenshaw.
According to the L.A. Times, the street closures include:
Friday, Oct. 12:
- Lincoln Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue
- Westchester Parkway between Sepulveda and Airport boulevards
- La Tijera Boulevard between Sepulveda and Manchester
- Manchester between La Tijera and Crenshaw Drive
Saturday, Oct. 13:
- Manchester between the Inglewood Forum and Crenshaw Drive
- Crenshaw Drive between Manchester and Crenshaw boulevards
- Crenshaw Boulevard between Manchester and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards
- MLK between Crenshaw Boulevard and Figueroa Avenue
The Endeavour will make its permanent home at the California Science Center with a temporary exhibit opening on Oct. 30.