New video focuses on Regional Connector construction on Flower Street

Here’s the new video from the Regional Connector team that provides a timeline of how construction will proceed along Flower Street. The Connector, of course, will tie in with the Blue Line and Expo Line just north of the existing 7th/Metro Center Station.

25 thoughts on “New video focuses on Regional Connector construction on Flower Street

  1. Hi Nathan and Neglected Bus Rider;

    With all due respect to both of you, let’s please address the issue and not eachother as per our comment policy. I appreciate it,

    Steve Hymon
    Editor, The Source

  2. Hi Steve–

    With each phase of piling, decking, box construction, and decking removal, the video shows that they’ll wait for one phase to be completely done before starting the next. It seems odd that they don’t start one phase when the previous phase has worked a safe distance ahead. For example, start box construction when the decking is one block down. Or start decking removal and repaving when the box was 3/4 constructed.

    It seems like the project could be shortened by about a year if these sorts of rolling windows were used.

    Any thoughts as to why the process is so conservative in this respect?

  3. Hi Todd;

    I don’t really know enough about the construction process at this point to say anything intelligent. I do think the video is intended to be a general guide and therefore simplified the process. Other factors to consider with construction are the time it takes to hire a contractor — procurement at Metro is not a short process (nor is it at other transit agencies either) — and the time it takes to excavate and build the stations.

    Steve Hymon
    Editor, The Source

  4. Hi Karl;

    Not to assign you reading, but there’s a great deal of info on construction in the Connector’s final environmental documents — see this chapter. The gist of it: the tunnel boring machine will be inserted into the ground in the area near the future Little Tokyo underground station and then proceed toward Flower & 4th.

    Happy reading!

    Steve Hymon
    Editor, The Source

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