The space shuttle Endeavour's trip to the California Science Center next week will trigger rolling road closures across Los Angeles and Inglewood, making it difficult for the public to get close-up views along sections of the 12-mile route, police officials said Thursday.
But at least a handful of public events are planned as the retired orbiter moves on a transporter from Los Angeles International Airport to the Science Center in Exposition Park.
A celebration is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 13 at The Forum in Inglewood before the shuttle, which should arrive by 9 a.m., continues east on Manchester Boulevard to South Los Angeles.
Free public parking at Hollywood Park will be provided starting at 4 a.m., but no overnight camping will be allowed, Inglewood police Lt. James Madia said.
The Saturday morning event - which can accommodate 10,000 people - could be the best bet for many wanting to see the orbiter pass through Inglewood.
That's because seven power lines along the path will need to be temporarily deactivated to allow the shuttle to pass beneath them, prompting closures on streets crossing Manchester. "Almost every block it has to stop for electrical lines," Madia said. "It moves when it can and it stops when it has to."
Another celebration - this one produced and directed by choreographer Debbie Allen - is planned starting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards.
Officials said the Inglewood public event would be able to handle a larger crowd.
"It's very limited viewing there," Shell Amega, vice president of communications for the science center, said of the event planned near Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
The shuttle is expected to reach the science center by 9 that evening, Amega said.
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