Digging a hole: more geotechnical testing this week for Regional Connector in Little Tokyo

Here’s the good word from the folks at Metro planning the Regional Connector:

On November 10 and 11, 2011, Metro is scheduled to perform an excavation next to the Japanese Village Plaza Parking structure to confirm the depth of the existing foundation.  The work will be performed on the sidewalk next to the parking structure.  Please refer to the graphic below for the tentative location of the testing area. The excavation is expected to be 5 to 6 feet deep and approximately 4 feet by 4 feet in dimension.

Please use caution when walking around the area.  Be aware of safety barricades.

The Metro Regional Connector project will provide a 1.9-mile fully-underground connection for the Metro Gold, Blue and Exposition Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines.  The project is completing the Final EIS/EIR, and initiated Preliminary Engineering in January 2011. The Final EIS/EIR is expected to be released later this month and transmitted to the Metro Board of Directors for approval in January 2012.  The project will provide three new stations, serving approximately 90,000 transit passengers daily.

For more information about the Regional Connector, please leave a message at 213-922-7277 or visit www.metro.net/regionalconnector. For day-to-day testing location updates, please follow us at twitter.com/metroconnector.

2 replies

  1. In my detailed comment which got “lost” somehow, I pointed out that Google does not like anyone using their Street View in published reports or blog postings and asked why LA Metro cannot send their own personnel out to take a picture of the site for this important engineering report.

    P.S. LA Metro has NO idea when the above picture was taken or if it is still current.

  2. This is project that needs to be accelerated. The faster that the regional connector is in place, the sooner that transit becomes a more appealing option.

    LA MTA needs to change from the ‘grand entrances’ to ‘pretty stations’ and go for more of a NYC style entrance (that consume almost no taxable land) and simpler stations (that should cost less to build and maintain).