Construction Crews Prepare Bridge for ‘Wizarding World’ Rush at Universal Studios

Traffic officials said Wednesday they were anticipating a rush of visitors and heavy traffic with the opening of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios.

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Thursday's official opening of "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which is sold out, was expected to bring thousands of 'Harry Potter' fans. That means a significant increase in traffic around the park in Universal City.

Following two year of construction, a bridge extending over Lankershim Boulevard near the western entrance to Universal Studios was expected to open just in time for Thursday's event. The bridge was designed to make it safer for pedestrians to cross, and ease traffic because it connects to a street next to a Metro Red Line stop.

"It's going to be a lot safer for people that are in Universal City, and want to get across the street without having to negotiate through those traffic signals," said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for Metro. "There's a lot of traffic in that area, so this is really going to be a big safety benefit, and it's also going to have a benefit in terms of helping improve the traffic flows in that area."

Metro officials said there will be "ambassadors" at the subway station to direct crowds and answer questions.

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