Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Endeavour's Parade Route - UPDATE

Below is an updated route timetable for Space Shuttle Endeavour's trip from LAX to the California Science Center on Friday and Saturday. (Source: nbc.com)

The details below differ from the timetable I published here on October 8 (source: Los Angeles Times), including arrival time at the California Science Center.

My advice is to plan for the earlier arrival times. City officials have been releasing very little information, considering the scope of the event. I believe that is deliberate to keep spectators away. At the time of this writing, city police plan on closing streets and sidewalks for one mile in front of and behind the shuttle. This means spectators will need to look for businesses and residents who are happy to welcome shuttle watchers and celebrate. I will make my way along the route tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 10) to scout for locations and will publish the information here tomorrow evening.

So far, I know of two businesses who are welcoming shuttle watchers:

Randy's Donuts - 805 West Manchester Boulevard  Inglewood, CA 90301

Holiday Inn Express at LAX -  8620 Airport Boulevard Los Angeles, CA
As of today, the hotel still had a few rooms available.

UPDATED Endeavour Parade Route ~

Friday, Oct. 12

    2 a.m.: Depart LAX on north side.
    4:15 a.m.: Arrive at intersection of La Tijera and Sepulveda boulevards. There, Endeavour will have a 9-hour layover while the roads ahead are cleared.
    1:15 p.m.: Head east on Manchester Boulevard.
    4 p.m.: Stop short of San Diego (405) Freeway, and transfer shuttle to another carrier for crossing the overpass.
    10 p.m.: Cross 405 Freeway. CHP will close ramps and run traffic stops to minimize traffic disruptions caused by gawking. Endeavour will continue east overnight.

Saturday, Oct. 13

    8 a.m.: Pass Inglewood City Hall, a designated viewing area.
    9 a.m.: Reach the Forum, the scene of a formal welcoming celebration capable of accommodating a crowd as large as 14,000.
    9:30 a.m.: Continue east on Manchester Boulevard, turning left at Crenshaw Drive, which connects to Crenshaw Boulevard.
    2 p.m.: Arrive at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a second celebration, with entertainment produced by Debbie Allen.
    2:30 p.m.: Continue east on MLK Boulevard.
    4 p.m.: Reach Exposition Park, another designated viewing area and the site of the shuttle’s new home at the California Science Center.

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