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Shuttle Impossible: LAX to Expo Park

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So what will it take to get the space shuttle Endeavour from LAX to it's new home in Exposition Park this fall? Wide streets, no overpasses, and oodles (TBD) of dollars. The City's Transportation Committee issued a report (PDF) on the task at hand, and the herculean challenge to accomplish the 10 mile trek. "...after being flown to Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle will travel roughly ten miles on city streets to its new home at the California Science Center. To be transported on its belly, the shuttle will exceed five stories high and boast a wingspan of 78 feet. Detailed planning and coordination will be required to find an appropriate route that will avoid freeway overpasses and identify streets that are both wide enough and strong enough to support the Endeavour. It will be necessary for City crews to temporarily relocate overhead wires, street signs and traffic control devices to allow the shuttle to move safely through city streets. Additionally, traffic officers will need to be deployed at various locations along the route to assist motorists where traffic signal equipment has been removed." Thankfully we've had practice with the boulder. [City of LA]

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037