Video: a look under Crenshaw Boulevard at future Crenshaw/Expo Station

Future underground segment of Crenshaw/LAX line near Metro Green Line and airport.

Future underground location of Crenshaw/LAX line near Metro Green Line and airport.

Above video: work on the underground Expo/Crenshaw Station. 

Construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line entered February with a flurry of activities involving tree removal, closure of a parking lot, soil boring, vibration testing, utility relocation, concrete recycling and more excavation at a variety of locations.

Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) is now in the process of clearing away trees previously identified and approved for removal on Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th and 59th streets. This activity will continue for two more weeks from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Night-time utility relocation will take place on Crenshaw Boulevard between Vernon Avenue and 43rd Street for the next three months. The Southern California Gas Company and L.A. Department of Water & Power will relocate utility lines to support construction of the underground Crenshaw/Vernon station. Work hours will be 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Sunday through Friday. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during the night-time work schedule.

Redondo Boulevard parking lot where Crenshaw/LAX Florence/West Station will be located.

Redondo Boulevard parking lot where Crenshaw/LAX Florence/West Station will be located.

The parking lot on Redondo Boulevard between West Boulevard and Florence Avenue has been fenced and closed to the public and will be used for construction staging.

Also on Crenshaw Boulevard, WSCC has been conducting soil boring and vibration testing between 60th and 67th streets on westbound 66th Place and westbound 63th Street. Testing is in preparation for upcoming trench excavation for the twin tunnels and relocated underground utilities in this segment.
WSCC is recycling concrete debris from the Century Bridge demolition and other construction locations at the Florence Yard between La Brea Avenue and Centinela Avenue. Noise and dust control measures are being taken, including water sprinkling and installation of noise blankets. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In the southern segment of the Crenshaw/LAX project alignment construction activities have begun to pick up with excavation of Metro’s right-of-way to support construction of the underground segment between 104th Street and 111th street adjacent to LAX. Work is scheduled for 24 hours, 7 days a week for the next five months.

At all construction sites, Metro and WSCC will maintain emergency and pedestrian access. In some cases a traffic lane will be closed or sidewalks will have detours.

Metro Bus service near construction activities may be detoured but Metro will post bus route changes in advance.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line is a $2.058 billion light-rail line that will run between the Green Line and the Expo Line. It will have eight new stations to serve the Crenshaw, Inglewood and LAX communities. It is expected to open in 2019.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project go to metro.net/Crenshaw or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrenshawRail and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/crenshawrail or call the project hotline (213) 922-2736.

5 replies

  1. Not a comment, but a question: Will the design of the Crenshaw Line/Expo Line station be such than trains can go thru from Crenshaw to Union Station via the Regional Connector? If not, LAX bound travelers will have to drag baggage from one line to the other–not a great improvement over the current situation. Thanks, Jim Norton

    • Hi James;

      Once the Regional Connector is built: If going from the Crenshaw/LAX Line to Union Station, you would switch from Crenshaw/LAX Line to Expo Line at Crenshaw/Expo Station. Under the current operating plan, you would take the Expo Line to DTLA and then switch to an Azusa-bound train at any of five downtown L.A. light rail stations. The transfer means stepping off the train you are on and then catching the next train on the same platform that is headed toward Azusa. Those trains will stop at Union Station on the current Gold Line platform.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • One could also take the Green Line from LAX, and transfer to the Blue Line going toward DTLA. The question is, which would be faster?

  2. Too bad; however after leaving NY last week. From the Bronx to JFK was the 6 to the 2 to the A. two transfers. Where metro is missing the point, is the kiss connections at platforms; where I walk off an open door of a train, and on to the next, and we pull way immediately.