Hollywood Boulevard. Photo: HollywoodOutbreak.com.

Hollywood Boulevard during street closures in 2010. Photo: HollywoodOutbreak.com.

Those of us who live in L.A. are used to the street closures during Oscar week. We simply reroute and go on with our day-to-day lives. Well, the action has already begun on Hollywood and Highland; the location of the Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are held each year, but there are more closures to come.

Signs have been shifting traffic since Monday because the bleachers are already being erected and the overhead press bridges are underway.

Come Sunday, February 20th, 10:00 p.m. PT, however, the entire block on Hollywood Boulevard, between Highland and Orange will be shutdown to traffic as the red carpet, tents and riser begin being assembled. The streets won’t open again until Monday, February 28th at 6:00 a.m. PT. That, of course, is the day after the Oscars.

The day of the Academy Awards the entire complex is shutdown, including the stores in the compound, as is the subway stop just below the Kodak Theatre. There will be additional streets and sidewalks that will close for varying amounts of time throughout the construction period. And no one, without a badge that can be scanned for clearance, is allowed to crossover into any of the locked-down areas.

Sure it’s an inconvenience to the merchants in that area, but realistically they’re reaping the benefits from the exposure from all the national and international outlets covering the Oscar action, right up to the actual Awards on Sunday, February 27th.

Full details on the closures and maps of affected areas are available through the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices, at www.navigatehollywood.com, and on the Academy‘s website at www.oscars.org/closures.

However, visitors are welcome to check out the action in designated areas. If you’ve never seen the Oscar prep in progress, this is an exciting time to see how Hollywood glams up the Boulevard for one spectacular night.