You can groan. Or you can laugh.
Yes, La Cienega Boulevard is going to be fully closed between Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue from Monday through mid-September. The closing is necessary for major utility construction work associated with the Sunset La Cienega Project at the intersection of Sunset and La Cienega.
There are signs with blinking lights warning of the closing. But hey, it’s West Hollywood, the Creative City, which has decided to take a creative approach to getting the word out. That comes in the form of a humorous series of YouTube videos called “The WeHoans” to alert the public about the upcoming closure. The WeHoans, which features drag sensations Willam Belli and Bianca Del Rio and other local West Hollywood performers, is a parody of the popular Saturday Night Live skit “The Californians” in which soap opera-like characters in platinum blonde wigs hilariously describe in hyper-detail how to navigate the freeways and streets of California
Episode One is posted above. Stay tuned for more two more episodes to follow on Aug. 19 and 26. Each new episode can be seen on Willam Belli’s YouTube Channel.
The La Cienega Boulevard utility construction work will take place in one phase from Monday to mid-September. Due to La Cienega Boulevard’s proximity to hotels and residences, construction work will only be done during daytime hours. Continuous local access will be provided for the Sunset Marquis hotel and for residential buildings located on La Cienega Boulevard. La Cienega Boulevard will remain open south of Fountain Avenue.
Throughout the utility construction work, businesses on the Sunset Strip will be open as usual. Updates on the project will be posted regularly on its website.