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L.A. Metro, L.A. City Council Member David Ryu Announce Community-Supported Street Closure Schedule for Wilshire/La Brea Metro Purple Line Station Decking

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Monday February 08, 2016

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in partnership with L.A. City Council Member David Ryu, today announced that Metro will pursue a weekend-only closure operation for the planned Wilshire/La Brea Station decking operation now anticipated to begin this summer.

The Wilshire/La Brea station is the very first station to be built by the Metro Purple Line Extension Project that will extend the L.A.’s subway farther west, ultimately ending at the Westwood/VA Hospital.  Metro’s contractor, Skanska, Traylor Shea (STS), must install a concrete deck that will serve as the temporary street surface while station construction continues underneath.

Metro’s original, baseline schedule of 22 weekend-only closures was selected over an alternative plan that would have fully closed this portion of Wilshire Boulevard 24/7 for seven consecutive weeks.  A consensus of community and business interests gathered over the last several months at more than 50 meetings ultimately favored the weekend-only closure operation. 

“We have heard the call of the community, and we will now move forward with this critical subway station work,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, Metro Board Chair. “Our goal is to build this project on-time, on-budget and with minimal disruption in a safe and efficient manner. This decision reflects Metro and its contractor’s commitment to truly listen and respond to community concerns throughout the entire length of construction.”

“When this construction project is completed, the subway is going to be a great addition to Los Angeles,” said L.A. City Council Member Ryu.  “Building it will present some challenges for people who live and work in the area and I appreciate Metro’s partnership to work with us throughout the process. Ultimately, I am so grateful to the many residents who were actively involved in this important community dialogue.”

The 22-weekend closure schedule will now consist of three separate decking phases at Wilsire/La Brea.  The first phase will comprise three weekend closures from Detroit Street to La Brea Avenue.  The second phase will include three weekends at the La Brea intersection.  The third and biggest phase will comprise 16 consecutive weekend closures from La Brea Avenue to Highland Avenue. 

During each weekend, Wilshire Boulevard will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday evening and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday morning.  Each phase of decking will have a different set of traffic plans, detour routes, and mitigations.  Once complete, the concrete decking will allow traffic to continue to flow on the street while station construction occurs below ground.

The actual decking operation is now anticipated to start in June 2016 rather than April 2016 enabling the contractor to thoroughly review traffic plans with LADOT and Board of Public Works.  The contractor will also include other work activities for the subway during the weekend closures to work as efficiently as possible.  No work is planned to occur during Memorial Day Weekend in May, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekend in September.

Metro and its contractor will continue working on approvals of traffic plans for weekend closures and anticipate that approved plans will go to Board of Public Works in March.

Metro’s Construction Relations team will continue to work closely with L.A. City Council Member David Ryu as well as LADOT to update the community on all upcoming detours and mitigations as they are approved.  Maps and materials will be available to businesses to help prepare their customers in advance. 

Members of the public who are interested in tracking this upcoming work are invited to attend Metro’s next community meeting on Thursday, March 17 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brown Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  The meeting will take place between 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

For questions or concerns related to this work or any Purple Line Extension construction activity, the public can call Metro’s 24/7 project hotline at (213) 922-6934.  Alternately, they can email the project team at purplelineext@metro.net.

For more information about the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, visit metro.net/purplelineext.

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