The Crenshaw Line light rail project isn’t scheduled to open until 2018 but the project is taking a small step forward today with the beginning of soil testing along the route. A fair amount of earth has to be moved as part of the project and, henceforth, Metro officials must find out what’s in the soil as part of the project’s environmental study phase.
A few more details from Metro CEO Art Leahy’s daily email to staff:
Tomorrow [Tuesday], our contractors will begin conducting exploratory drilling as part of the environmental analysis currently underway for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project. This work will occur over the next five weeks at approximately 57 sites throughout the study area. Soil removed from the sites will be sent to a lab for analysis for assessment. Work at each site will occur during daytime hours and will take place over a period of one to three days, and has received all necessary permits.An ongoing outreach effort is underway to ensure that those closest to the drilling locations are informed when the work is coming to their area.
The rail line will run between Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards in the north and the Green Line/Aviation Boulevard in the south. Here’s a link to the project page on Metro’s website.