Eat Shop Play Crenshaw at Taste of Soul

The 9th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival continues until 7 p.m. tonight. While you’re there, make sure to stop in at Metro’s Eat Shop Play Crenshaw pavilion to grab some shade and check out the offerings of local businesses affected by the LAX/Crenshaw Line construction.

See the brief video below for some of the sights and sounds from earlier this afternoon:

The event began at 10 a.m. and is being held on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road, a short walk south from the Expo/Crenshaw Station on the Metro Expo Line.

Metro to launch Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at Taste of Soul

Metro will launch the Eat Shop Play Crenshaw campaign at tomorrow’s Taste of Soul, a free, family-friendly event on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road. Eat Shop Play Crenshaw will encourage the public to take a pledge to support local businesses.

Go Metro to the soul food, live entertainment and great shopping at Taste of Soul via the Metro Expo Line. The festival is accessible from the Expo/Crenshaw Station. And make sure to visit Metro’s Eat Shop Play Crenshaw pavilion, where businesses impacted by Crenshaw/LAX Line construction will be highlighted. Taste of Soul will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here’s the press release from Metro:

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board 1st Vice Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas, Metro Board member Jackie Dupont-Walker, Metro CEO Art Leahy and Taste of Soul Founder Danny Bakewell Sr. today encouraged the public to Go Metro to the Taste of Soul festival this Saturday, Oct. 18, using the Metro rail and Metro bus system. The Metro Rail Expo Line Expo/Crenshaw Station is within sight and scent of the festival’s savory delights.

At the festival, Metro will unveil a new campaign called Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw where the public will be encouraged to take a pledge to support local businesses. The campaign will launch at the Taste of Soul in Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pavilion, located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where merchants from the Crenshaw District who are impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will be highlighted.

“Every year, this event grows in size and popularity, building new and stronger bonds within the community. The Taste of Soul encourages hundreds and thousands of SoCal residents to support small businesses that truly are the backbone of our local economy and promotes public transit ridership to improve traffic flow,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

“Taste of Soul provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diversity in the Crenshaw District and I am pleased that this year Metro will celebrate many of the local businesses on the Boulevard who have bravely endured the challenges associated with construction of the Crenshaw Line,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This event kicks off our campaign to celebrate and help these businesses through our “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign”.

“We all know that once the Crenshaw/LAX Project is completed, the light-rail line is going to benefit our community, in a big way, but right now it is hard on the local shops and stores,” said Metro Board member Dupont-Walker. “It’s particularly hard on the small businesses that traditionally operate on small margins. These are the mom and pop places we can turn to for the sorts of goods and services chain stores can no longer provide. It’s often where we find great deals and personal service.”

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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.

Crenshaw/MLK

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.

Crenshaw/Vernon

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

Crenshaw/LAX Line: Two week full street closure on Rodeo Road rescheduled for Oct. 24

The news release from Metro:

Metro’s contractor Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) has rescheduled the Rodeo Road two week closure to Friday, Oct. 24.

The full street closure is needed to complete the underground perimeter wall with steel piles for the Crenshaw/Expo station box. The work schedule and the detours remains the same.

Originally rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, the two-week full street closure of Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard will precede excavation of the underground station. Nightly closures are taking place in this location from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day as crews continue to work on storm drains and utilities in the area.

This location is of vital importance for the project since this is where the tunnel boring machines will be lowered to begin digging the southbound tunnel through Crenshaw/MLK station and finalize the Crenshaw/Vernon station. The lowering of the tunnel boring machine is expected to take place next year.

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council meeting Thursday, October 9

The Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) will hold their quarterly meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dulan’s on Crenshaw located at 4859 Crenshaw Boulevard.

Learn about the 8.5-mile light rail transit project, get a construction status update and hear reports from the CLC Project Oriented Discussions (PODs) Moderators for the Small Business Resources, Economic Development, Transit Oriented Development and Safety PODs. Also learn about the Station Naming Policy and provide feedback on the station names currently under consideration.

Refreshments will be provided and meals will be available for purchase. Those attending may RSVP to crenshawclc@metro.net.

Full closure of parts of Crenshaw Boulevard this weekend for Crenshaw/LAX Line construction

Three releases from Metro:

Crenshaw Boulevard to Close Two Weekends to Complete Walls for Underground Crenshaw/Expo Station

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Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will close Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street two weekends on Sept. 19 and Oct. 24 to complete pile installation and begin excavation of the underground Crenshaw/Expo station.

The work has been schedule for two weekends, Friday, Sept. 19 to 6 a.m. Monday, Sept, 22 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

The installation of pile and building of the walls is necessary for the construction of the light rail line Crenshaw/LAX and its underground stations. Simultaneous wall installation and soldier pile will continue to occur behind K-rail on the west side of the street.

Detours during the three weekend closures will be as follows:

Southbound:

If traveling south on Crenshaw Boulevard, turn left at Jefferson Boulevard, right at Arlington Avenue, right at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and left at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Northbound:

If traveling north on Crenshaw Boulevard, turn right at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left at Arlington Avenue, left at Jefferson Boulevard and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Eastbound and westbound traffic on Rodeo Road will be maintained as well as access to businesses and pedestrian access.

For information on bus stops changes, please visit metro.net/service/advisories/

Construction of Underground Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Station Moves from east to west side of Crenshaw Boulevard

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Pile installation operation for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project underground Martin Luther King station will move on Sept. 20, from the east to the west side of Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street.

A 16-hour full street closure will be needed to implement a new traffic reconfiguration it will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and concluded by 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept 21.

The detours will be done in two phases: from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. between Jefferson Boulevard and Vernon Avenue and from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street.

Detour from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Jefferson Boulevard to Vernon Avenue

Southbound:

If traveling south on Crenshaw Boulevard, turn left at Jefferson Boulevard, right at Arlington Avenue, right at Vernon Avenue and left on Crenshaw.

Northbound:

If traveling north on Crenshaw Boulevard, turn right at Vernon Avenue, left at Arlington Avenue, left at Rodeo Road and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Detour from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Stocker Street

Southbound:

When traveling south on Crenshaw Boulevard turn left at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, right at Arlington Avenue, right at Vernon Avenue, and left at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Northbound:

If traveling north on Crenshaw Boulevard turn right at Vernon Avenue, left at Arlington Avenue, left at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

The traffic reconfiguration will allow street restriping, relocate existing K-rail (concrete barriers) and place heavy equipment to continue building the walls for the underground station.

After the Sept 20-21 weekend Crenshaw Boulevard will have two traffic lanes in each direction. Once the street reopens Sunday afternoon, the left turn pockets on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street will be restored. The same reconfiguration will last for approximately next three years until the underground station is completed.

There will be limited access to businesses during the night-time activity, although pedestrian access will be maintained. Also, after the closure, bus stops on the west side of Crenshaw and on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be relocated to the northwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and to the southwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street.

For information on bus stops changes, please visit metro.net/service/advisories/

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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.

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