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Roads to Close for LAPD Officer Memorial

The funeral procession for Officer Chris Cortijo will close parts of the Harbor and Ventura Freeways Tuesday



    Officers salute as the flag-draped coffin containing the body of their fallen brother, Officer Chris Cortijo, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. His funeral will take place Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    A memorial service for a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer will take place Tuesday morning at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

    Officer Chris Cortijo was killed earlier this April after being hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.

    The California Highway Patrol expects a significant number of people to attend the officer’s funeral and the subsequent procession to the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

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    To allow for easier passage to the burial site, CHP and LAPD will close the northbound Ventura (101) Freeway between the Harbor (110) Freeway and Barham Boulevard from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

    The northbound and southbound transition lanes of the Harbor Freeway to the Ventura Freeway will also be closed during this time, CHP said.

    Streets surrounding The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels will also be closed to drivers early in the morning.

    Street Closures in effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday:

    • Hill Street between Ord and 1st Street
    • Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Alameda
    • Northbound Grand Avenue between 1st Street and Temple Street

    “Consider adding 30 minutes or more to [your] commutes into downtown Los Angeles and to use public transit,” Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen said. “Everyone’s cooperation and support of this funeral procession for Officer Cortijo will help ease traffic conditions throughout the area.”

    Officer Cortijo was a 26-year veteran of the LAPD. He received more than 120 commendations for his work and was responsible for the arrest and apprehension of more than 3,000 DUI drivers.