LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - The Griffith Observatory will reopen to the public on Tuesday after closing for two weeks due to four major projects involving construction along the roads and at the Observatory building.
The Observatory was closed from April 22 through May 6. During that time there were no public activities at the Observatory. Vehicles and bicyclists were unable to access East and West Observatory Roads, the Observatory's parking lot or Vermont Canyon Road past the Greek Theatre.
According to officials with the Observatory, four major projects have been underway since late February and will be complete in late May, including:
- Lighting improvements, including 51 new light poles (matching the design and form of existing poles) and new LED fixtures on all light poles (all lighting facing down) along both roads leading up to the Observatory, at the intersections, along Vermont Canyon Road, and in the Observatory's hilltop parking area. These changes will improve illumination for pedestrian and vehicle safety and reduce light pollution and energy usage.
- New sidewalk construction on East Observatory Road will connect the existing Vermont Canyon sidewalk to the Observatory grounds. This will create a safe, continuous pathway for pedestrians from the Greek Theatre parking area up to the Observatory. It will also improve drainage along the roads.
- Reconfiguration of the Observatory hilltop parking lot for easier access and parking and reduction of traffic congestion.
- Improvements to the Observatory's air conditioning systems to ensure reliable, sustainable public operation. The air conditioning system not only cools and circulates air for visitors but also enables theater, exhibit, and building systems to function.
The Observatory will be officially open to the public starting at 12 p.m. on Tuesday.