Short term freeway, street closures planned for Downtown Los Angeles area Tuesday, April 22

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Caltrans, and Metro are warning motorists to avoid the northbound US-101 freeway around DTLA on Tuesday, April 22. This is in anticipation of a significant number of attendees for the funeral services and subsequent procession to the interment location for LAPD Officer Christopher Cortijo.

CHP and LAPD, in partnership with Caltrans, will close the northbound 101 between I-110 and Barham Boulevard from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, the I-110 northbound and southbound transition lanes to the 101 northbound lanes will be closed to motorists. Numerous city streets surrounding the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, at 555 W. Temple Street, will also be closed off to motorists earlier in the morning.

CHP advises motorists to plan ahead by leaving early for your destination if you must travel to the DTLA area, or avoid the area altogether.

Metro provides numerous transit alternatives in DTLA for motorists who want to avoid freeway impacts. Key services include the Metro Red/Purple Line, as well as Metro Local and Rapid Bus lines. Use Trip Planner to plan your transit trip. Please note: buses that travel through DTLA will likely experience detours and traffic delays until after the procession. For real-time service info, check the Metro homepage or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Alternately, motorists with transponders on their vehicles are encouraged to use Expresslanes on the I-110 in efforts to shorten vehicle travel times. Motorists are also encouraged to monitor downtown traffic conditions in real-time by visiting Go511.com and basing their route choices on current traffic conditions.

The CHP, Metro and Caltrans jointly express their heartfelt sympathy to the family of Officer Cortijo, the LAPD for the loss of a brother, and the City of Los Angeles for the loss of a fine officer. All agencies extend their thanks to the community and allied agencies for the support and cooperation on this day of mourning.