Here’s the news release:
Starting Monday, April 25, 2011, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will begin conducting geotechnical tests at multiple locations along the planned alignment of the downtown Regional Connector project as part of the planning and engineering for the project.
The initial geotechnical work in downtown Los Angeles will include soil, noise, and vibration tests to be completed over a two-week period. The data collected will provide information on subsurface conditions to evaluate optimum excavation and construction methodologies.
Included in the geotechnical borings will be a variety of tests that establish soil conditions. Part of the testing will include Sonic Core Drilling that measures noise and vibration in relation to geotechnical conditions and existing infrasture.
Most of the testing will occur during the day with a limited amount of nighttime testing. Traffic controls will be implemented to minimize impact to the community.
The planned locations of geotechnical activities are as follows:
Date / Location
* April 25, 2011: Alameda at 1st and Temple Streets
* April 26, 2011: Flower at 3rd, 5th, and 6th Streets
* April 27, 2011: General Kosciuszko Way between Hope and Flower Streets; Olive and 2nd Streets
* April 28, 2011: 2nd at Hill and Spring Streets
* April 29, 2011: 2nd at Main and Los Angeles Streets
* May 2, 2011: 2nd at Hill and San Pedro Streets and Central Avenue
* May 3, 2011: 2nd and Spring Streets
* May 4, 2011: 3rd and Flower Streets; 2nd at Hill Street
* May 5, 2011: General Kosciuszko Way between Hope and Flower Streets; 2nd and Hill Streets
* May 6, 2011: Flower at 5th and 6th Street; 2nd at Hill Street
The Metro Regional Connector project will provide a 1.9-mile fully-underground connection for the Metro Gold, Blue and Exposition Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines. The project is completing the Final EIS/EIR, and initiated Preliminary Engineering in January 2011. The Final EIS/EIR is expected to be adopted by the end of 2011, with the possible initiation of construction in 2014. The project will provide three new stations, serving approximately 90,000 transit passengers daily.
For more information about the Regional Connector the public can leave a message at 213-922-7277 or visit www.metro.net/regionalconnector. For day-to-day testing location updates, please follow us at twitter.com/metroconnector. For emergencies or issues needing immediate attention, please call 213-922-7259.