It’s (Century) crunch time! Update #1

Looking south earlier Friday evening toward the bridge over Century Boulevard. Some demolition work has already been done. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Looking south earlier Friday evening toward the bridge over Century Boulevard. Some demolition work has already been done. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

It was pretty quiet near the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards earlier this evening as workers prepared to tear down the old railroad bridge to clear the way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s new station. The above photo provides a pretty good view of the scope of the work that needs to be done by Monday morning.

Lane closures in the area around Century and Aviation are now underway with the intersection to be closed soon. Prep work will then be done to protect the roadway with work on the bridge demolition slated to begin about 2 a.m., according to project officials.

Please see this earlier post (the one at the top of the blog!) for detour information and transit help for those trying to reach Los Angeles International Airport this weekend. The short version: avoid driving in the area unless absolutely necessary, give yourself extra time going to and from the airport, take the FlyAway bus as alternative to driving, use Sepulveda Boulevard if driving and consider taking transit to the airport.

Crenshaw/LAX Line Project Director Charles Beauvoir talks to the media late Friday afternoon; Metro Board Member Jackie DuPont-Walker is behind him.

Crenshaw/LAX Line Project Director Charles Beauvoir talks to the media late Friday afternoon; Metro Board Member Jackie DuPont-Walker is behind him.

The view of the bridge from the Aviation/Century intersection.

The view of the bridge from the Aviation/Century intersection.

Concrete railroad ties in the construction yard -- these will eventually be used on the project.

Concrete railroad ties in the construction yard — these will eventually be used on the project.

If headed to LAX over the weekend, check for traffic updates on the airport’s main Twitter feed with the hashtag #centurycrunch. We’ll also be updating the Source over the weekend as well as Metro’s general Twitter feed.

Detour map for closure of Aviation and Century boulevards July 25-28 for Crenshaw/LAX Line bridge demolition

Click above to view larger.

Click above to view larger.

As we posted recently, the old railroad bridge over Century Boulevard needs to be demolished to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Aviation/Century station. That means there will be a 57-hour closure of the intersection of Aviation and Century from the evening of July 25 through early morning July 28. The detour map is above.

A media event to promote the closure will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Aviation and Century. For media planning to attend: Please confirm your attendance by sending e-mail to Jose Ubaldo, Communications Manager, Metro Media relations at ubaldoj@metro.net. Jose can also be reached by phone at (213) 922-3087.

The old bridge over Century Boulevard that will be torn down on the weekend of July 25-28. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

The old bridge over Century Boulevard that will be torn down on the weekend of July 25-28. Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro.

Pile installation begins Monday for construction of MLK underground station for Crenshaw/LAX Line

Here is the construction advisory from Metro:

Pile Installation Begins for Construction of MLK Underground Rail Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project

Metro and Walsh-Shea Constructors will on Monday, June 16, begin installing soldier piles on the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street. This activity is part of construction for the Crenshaw/LAX Trans Project underground MLK station.

Work is expected to last for one month and is scheduled for Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the first week. The next three weeks it will be a 24-hour work schedule. Installation of the east side wall will take place with a new technology called cutter-soil mix (CSM).

This activity will take place behind K-rail concrete barriers but may require an occasional night-time lane closure for northbound traffic on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street.

WHAT: Installation of CSM wall and soldier piles

WHEN: Starting on Monday, June 16, 2014

This will be a 12-hour activity the first week and then a 24-hour activity for three weeks, weather permitting.

WHERE: Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street.

DURATION: Approximately 1 month

What to Expect

Emergency vehicles and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. An occasional northbound lane closure at night may be needed to complete this activity. Noise from construction work activities will be monitored.

Note

Construction may result in changes to bus routes or stop locations. Metro will post signs at affected stops to advise patrons of alternative boarding locations. Real-time information is available at metro.net/service/advisories or 323.GOMETRO.

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

About Metro

Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.netfacebook.com/losangelesmetrotwitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

 

 

Construction notice: Military Avenue closed at Exposition Boulevard for utility work May 19 to June 13

Expo notice

Here’s the latest notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority, the independent agency charged with building the line that is being funded by Measure R.

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. Utility relocations on two more rail projects, the Regional Connector and Purple Line, are underway and heavy construction is expected to begin later this year on both. 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.

Long-term closure of Mountain Avenue at Duarte Road in Duarte begins Monday for Gold Line work

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Here is the construction notice from the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the agency building the 11.5-mile addition to the Gold Line between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border. The project is largely funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008:

WHO:  Residents / Commuters / Business Owners in the Cities of Monrovia and Duarte.

WHAT: Crews will be constructing grade crossing and intersection improvements on Mountain Avenue in phases north and south of Duarte Road, as part of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. The first phase of work, beginning next Monday, May 12, will require a full closure of Mountain Ave. from the center of Duarte Road north (see map) for five months.

To prepare the street for the long-term closure, the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Duarte Road will be closed to thru-traffic in all directions this weekend, beginning tomorrow night, Friday, May 9 at 9 p.m., thru Sunday, May 11 at 5 p.m. After the prep work, Duarte Road will re-open to one lane of traffic in each direction; while Mountain Ave. from the center of Duarte Road north will remain closed for five months. Following completion of the northern improvements, the southern portion of the intersection will be closed for approximately three months.

WHEN: Mountain Avenue will be closed in phases as described below:

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.*: The intersection of Mountain Ave. and Duarte Road will be fully closed to thru-traffic in all directions and motorists will be detoured around the closure. At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, Duarte Road will re-open to one lane in each direction. Mountain Ave. will remain closed from the center of Duarte Road north through the railroad crossing for approximately five months (see next bullet).

•(Next Monday) Phase 1 – May 12, 2014 through October 2014*: Mountain Ave. will be closed to thru-traffic from the center of Duarte Road north through the railroad crossing. Duarte Road will remain open, one lane in each direction for eastbound / westbound thru-traffic.

•Phase 2 – October 2014 through Early 2015*: Mountain Ave. will be closed to thru-traffic from the center of Duarte Road south through the intersection. Duarte Road will remain open, one lane in each direction for eastbound / westbound thru-traffic.

The phased closures will be in place 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. Standard construction work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Note: Occasional longer hours, work on weekends, and/or night work may be performed to complete this work. (*Construction schedules are subject to change).

WHERE: Mountain Ave. – north and south of Duarte Road.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

•Detour routes will be in place during the closures and signage will be posted to direct motorists (see map).

•Pedestrian access will be available through a temporary pedestrian crossing adjacent to the work zone.

•Occasional full closures of the intersection will be implemented to set-up traffic control devices at the beginning and end of each construction phase.

• In addition to the improvements at the railroad crossing, and the realignment of the Mountain Ave./Duarte Road intersection, construction will also include new storm drains, traffic signals, sidewalks and crosswalks.

•Access to all local businesses on Mountain Avenue and Duarte Road will remain open at all times during the street construction.

•Bus stops in this vicinity may be temporarily relocated. For information about:

•MTA bus services call (323) GO-METRO (323-466-3876) or www.metro.net.

•Foothill Transit bus services call (800) RIDE-INFO (800-743-3463) or www.foothilltransit.org.

•Duarte Transit local services call (626) 358-9627 or www.accessduarte.com.

•Monrovia Transit local services call (626) 358-3538 or www.cityofmonrovia.org/planning/page/monrovia-transit

FOR MORE INFORMATION

•Visit www.foothillextension.org

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About the Construction Authority: The Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The Construction Authority built the initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Foothill Extension is a nearly $2 billion extension that will connect Pasadena to Montclair in two construction segments – Pasadena to Azusa and Azusa to Montclair. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa segment is fully funded by Measure R and will be completed in September 2015, when it will be turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Metro will determine when the line will open for passenger service. Three design-build contracts, totaling more than $550 million, are being overseen by the Construction Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. The Azusa to Montclair segment is environmentally cleared and is proceeding to advanced conceptual engineering in 2014.

Northbound 405 weekend full freeway closure modified for Saturday night

Here is the construction notice:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to conduct overnight closure of the northbound I-405 freeway between Moraga Drive and Greenleaf Street in the overnight hours tonight, May 7, through Saturday morning, May 10, and Sunday night, May 11, through Monday morning, May 12.

However, the closure will be lengthened on Saturday through Sunday morning to include the area between Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street. The closure will facilitate permanent striping of general purpose lanes and electrical, drainage, concrete barrier and k-rail removal work.

Schedule:

  • Night of Friday, May 9, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, May 10
  • Night of Saturday, May 10, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, May 11
  • Night of Sunday, May 11, midnight to 5 a.m., Monday, May 12

Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. on the nights of each operation and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. on the night of each operation.

 Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard
  • Northbound on-ramp from Santa Monica Bl (only during the full directional closure on Saturday, May 10 to Sunday, May 11 )
  • Northbound on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard
  • Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp
  • Northbound Moraga Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound Skirball Center Drive on-ramp
  • Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector

Detour Routes:

Detour for the NB I-405 Moraga Drive to Greenleaf Street closure: Take the northbound Moraga Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Bl to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf St.

Detour for NB I-405 Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street closure:

Take the northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf Street.