A lot of the attention on the Regional Connector project has lately been focused on the track relocation work in Little Tokyo.
But other vital work continues as shown in the above video. Earlier this month, the contractor on the project — the Regional Connector Constructors — demolished a short bridge leading to Hope Street to make way for the 2nd/Hope Station that will serve the northwest part of downtown Los Angeles, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad, the Los Angeles Music Center, MOCA and many offices and residences in the area.
Two excavator-mounted hydraulic jackhammers chipped away at the 65-foot bridge and brought it down in one day’s time. Crews then broke down the rubble into pieces small enough to be hauled away.
The Connector project is a 1.9-mile underground tunnel that will tie together the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in DTLA. The project — funded in part by Measure R — will allow for faster light rail rides to and through DTLA. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.