Space shuttle ET-94 fuel tank. Photo via
Space shuttle ET-94 fuel tank. Photo via

With a 66,000-pound space shuttle fuel tank scheduled to move through the city Saturday, Los Angeles International Airport officials warned people to plan ahead if they need to reach the airport.

The tank, ET-94, will be towed past the airport at about 5 mph and prompt temporary street closures in the area between roughly 5 and 9 a.m. Saturday, potentially causing traffic problems for airline passengers trying to reach LAX.

The tank is expected to cross Sepulveda Boulevard along Westchester Parkway around 6:30 or 7 a.m.

Airport officials advised people to plan ahead and allow for extra travel time. They recommended that motorists consider alternate routes to the airport, including:

  • Southbound San Diego (405) Freeway to westbound Manchester Boulevard to southbound Sepulveda.
  • Southbound 405 to westbound Century Boulevard.
  • Westbound Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway to northbound Sepulveda.
  • Or southbound Pershing Drive to eastbound Imperial Highway to northbound Sepulveda.

— City News Service

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