Open during construction: California Ticket Masters

Construction continues along Crenshaw Boulevard for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, which means fencing and blocked lanes in order for work to proceed on the underground portion of the rail line. Though the area around the west side of Crenshaw south of Rodeo Road may be difficult to navigate, the businesses located there are absolutely open during construction and worth visiting.

Some of the businesses in the area have been around for quite some time and provide important services for those in the neighborhood — and many of the merchants also live in the community. The video below features California Ticket Masters, located at 3679 Crenshaw Boulevard.

For motorists traveling on Crenshaw, turn west on Rodeo Road and use the parking lot located in the back of the businesses. You can also get there from the Expo/Crenshaw Station – from the station, walk south on Crenshaw Blvd. It takes about two minutes.

Related
Healthcare S&E
Excel Fashions
First Choice Driving & Traffic School
Love’s Furniture
Malai Hair Store
Women, Infants and Children’s Center 

Upcoming construction closure: 26th Street south of Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica

expo work3expo work4

Above is the good word from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

City of Monrovia breaks ground on Gold Line Station Square Transit Village

The City of Monrovia and local elected officials broke ground this morning on the Station Square Transit Village. The project is located adjacent to the Historic Santa Fe Depot and the future Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station. The Station Square is the largest public works project in the city’s history. Monrovia is utilizing $25 million in federal funds, state grants, Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority money and Metro Measure R funds for the project. Plans include a transit plaza, neighborhood park, transit depot promenade and some off-street improvements to benefit the community and complement the opening of the new Metro Gold Line station in 2016.

Project renderings and the press release from the City of Monrovia after the jump. Continue reading

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

IMG_0611

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.

Upcoming construction closure: 20th Street at Expo Line intersection in Santa Monica

expo work2

expo workHere’s the construction notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the agency building the six-mile project that will extend tracks from Culver City to downtown Santa Monica with seven new stations. A segment of 20th Street will be closed this weekend and the next for track work.

The project is funded mostly by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is currently forecast to open in early 2016.

Reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge now open

 Photos: Mark Arroyo/Metro

Earlier today, Caltrans, Metro and the Federal Highway Administration opened the newly reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge. It is the largest of three bridges rebuilt as part of the $110 million Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project.

The 57-year-old Alondra Bridge was completely demolished in June 2013 and rebuilt within 14 months. The new structure meets modern design standards and has been expanded from four to six lanes. This will increase bridge capacity and improve safety and efficiency, eliminating northbound bottlenecks and improving access to regional transit and HOV facilities. The project is a significant milestone in the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects and will improve connections within Santa Fe Springs and to the cities of Norwalk, Cerritos and La Mirada.

The Santa Ana Freeway/Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is funded by federal, state and local monies, including $72 million from Prop 1B, $14.5 million from state transportation funds, and $23.7 million from Metro’s Prop C and Measure R.

The press release from Caltrans is after the jump.

Continue reading