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Metro begins excavation of three underground stations for Crenshaw/LAX Line

Drilling near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard & Exposition Boulevard. Photo by Metro.

Drilling near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard & Exposition Boulevard. Photo by Metro.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX light rail project currently under construction will have three underground stations: Crenshaw/Exposition, Crenshaw/MLK and Crenshaw/Vernon. Excavation and decking for the stations is set to begin in November.

Construction of the three stations and the 1.9-mile twin tunnels will take four years of intense and complex labor. In November 2014, Metro’s contractor Walsh Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) will begin to excavate the first underground station at Crenshaw/Exposition.

Work is expected to begin the first week of November and will continue until Nov. 24. The contractor will not work during the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume work on Dec. 1 through Dec. 14. If it is necessary, the contractor may continue with more work in January, 2015.

For now, Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place is experiencing closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to finish the storm drain, protect utilities, and to place steel piles in order to finish the underground perimeter wall before major excavation begins.

There will, however, be a full 14-day closure in order for the four perimeter walls to be constructed. This closure will be on Rodeo Road at the intersection with Crenshaw Boulevard. The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and run through Friday, Nov. 7. It will take approximately two weeks to complete the perimeter walls in this segment.  Work will be conducted around-the-clock. This will then be followed by major excavation.

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The work for this underground station is taking place on the west side of Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street, where the contractor continues prep work before cutting mix soil and steel piling process begins.

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Traffic reconfiguration and setting up K-rail has taken place already and piling installation is expected to soon begin.

Additional parking space for businesses on Crenshaw Boulevard now available

Additional temporary parking is now available for customers of the businesses located along Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street. This new parking lot is located immediately south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd between Crenshaw Boulevard and McClung Drive — beside M&M’s Soul Food Restaurant.

Designated temporary parking is also available across the street on the 2nd floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Enter from Stocker Street and look for the signs. Use these parking areas if visiting any of the following locations:

Healthcare Medical S&E
Excel Fashions
First Choice Driving & Traffic School
Love’s Furniture
Malai Hair Store

Construction moves to west side of Crenshaw Boulevard for underground Crenshaw/MLK Station

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A view of the construction currently on the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Photo: Jose Ubaldo/Metro)

Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) have finished construction of the east side wall and pile installation for the underground Crenshaw/MLK light rail station. Construction equipment is being removed from the work zone on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street and the final move will take place on the weekend of September 13 through 15. From there, WSCC moves to the west side of the boulevard to continue utility relocation and, later on, underground walls and pile installation.

VIDEO: U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tours Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Construction Site

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez toured the construction site of the Crenshaw/LAX Line on Monday, as the above video shows.

Perez was welcomed by Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) workers LeDaya Epps and James Martinez. After a meeting with elected officials, executives from WSCC and Metro and community members, Secretary Perez was showed the ongoing work at Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road.

In the run-up to Labor Day on Sept. 1, Secretary Perez is on a nationwide tour of important public construction projects. Los Angeles was his first stop. For more information on the tour here’s the link to Tuesday’s post.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez tours Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, LeDaya Epps, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and James Martinez at the Crenshaw/Expo Yard. Photo Luis Inzunza/Metro.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited the Crenshaw/LAX Line project on Monday as part of a nationwide tour leading up to Labor Day on September 1. Perez was welcomed by Metro Board Member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and two workers from the Walsh/Shea Corridor Construction (WSCC) apprenticeship program, LeDaya Epps and James Martinez Safety Technician.

Also in attendance were: U.S. Representative Maxine Waters; Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council; Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Project Director UCLA Labor Center/Los Angeles Black Worker Center; Erich Engler, Business Manager WSCC; Ernest Roberts, Executive Director PV Jobs; Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, city of Los Angeles; Nolan V. Rollins, President & CEO Los Angeles Urban League, and; Charles Beauvoir, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Director.

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Century Boulevard Bridge to be demolished July 25-28, 2014

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Here’s a traffic and construction alert that is still a little down the road. But it’s important, especially for those trying to reach LAX: the old rail bridge over Century Boulevard has to be demolished to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Aviation/Century station.

The demolition will close Century Boulevard at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard from Friday night, July 25, through Monday morning, July 28.

A detour map and alternative routes will be posted as they become available. We wanted to provide ample warning for those who already know they need to travel to or from the LAX terminals that weekend.

The company in charge of the demolition project will be Penhall, the same company that demolished the Mulholland Bridge during the Carmaggedon closures on the 405 freeway in 2011 and 2012.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will run between the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058-billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility and park and ride lots.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit metro.net/crenshaw or by email to crenshawcorridor@metro.net, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or follow the project at facebook.com/crenshawrail or twitter.com/crenshawrail.

Metro to participate at Construction Careers Awareness Day at L.A. Trade Tech this Thursday

Approximately 3,000 high school and college students are expected to participate on at the Los Angeles Trade Tech Construction & Associated Careers Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday (May 15).

Los Angeles Trade Technical College is located at 400 W. Washington Boulevard across the street from the Metro Blue Line Grand Station.

Metro is a partner and sponsor of the event to promote careers in the construction industry for those with high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in transportation projects as part of the agency’s Project Labor Agreement and Construction Career Policy.

Students will benefit from construction industry workshops, exposure to industry professionals, educational resources, job training/apprenticeship information, hands on activities, career planning and information on summer internships and jobs.

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Metro currently has three rail projects under construction: the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the second phase of the Expo Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Work on two more rail projects, the Regional Connector and Purple Line, is expected to begin later this year. All are funded in part by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by L.A. County voters in 2008. In addition, Metro has begun receiving the first of 550 new state-of-the-art buses and is spending $1.2 billion to overhaul the Metro Blue Line, including the purchase of new light rail vehicles.