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Field Work Activity - August 26 - September 6, 2013


As part of the field work activities for the Purple Line Extension, Metro contractors will be conducting a series of geotechnical field tests near Wilshire/Crenshaw.

WHAT: Geotechnical Field Testing
WHEN: Monday, August 26 - Friday, September 6, 2013 (Weekdays only) 9AM-3:30PM
WHERE: Eastbound Wilshire at Norton Ave - left turn pocket and #1 lane, Wilshire Blvd at Crenshaw Blvd – inside median and #1 lane eastbound, Wilshire Blvd at Fremont Pl - left turn pocket and #1 lane eastbound

Note:  Should any work need to be cancelled and rescheduled, Metro will inform you of new work date(s)/time(s).

Precautions for Existing Utilities

For above date and locations the work will involve checking for existing underground utilities in preparation for the drilling of exploratory borings. The work sites will be scanned for utilities using geophysical methods.

Rotary-Wash Drilling

The rotary-wash borings will be drilled to obtain soil samples for testing and evaluation. The borings will be drilled using truck-mounted rigs operated by crews consisting of up to four personnel.

What to Expect:

  • A drilling crew consisting of up to 4 personnel per rig.
  • A truck-mounted drill rig (see photo) and truck equipped with additional drilling supplies.
  • Parking lane and/or one lane of traffic will be blocked while work is under way on residential streets, and up to two lanes on business/arterial streets.
  • Lanes will be cleared at the end of the work period and re-opened for regular use.

Other Important Information:

  • All work has received necessary permits and approvals.
  • Additional fieldwork following this testing is anticipated.  We will inform the areas where and when this work will take place.
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