Above is the presentation given at a meeting Tuesday night of the Purple Line Extension’s Section I Advisory Group.
There isn’t anything dramatically new in the presentation, but it does provide a nice summary of various activities taking place as the project gets ready to start construction next year for its first phase between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega.
One slide I’ll pull out because it’s bound to get the most attention:
I’ve already heard from a few people with similar questions along the lines of “any chance it will be done before 2023?”
There’s always a chance. That said, Metro is still in the midst of choosing a contractor to build the project, which is in itself a formidable task. The agency still, too, must lock down a federal funding agreement with the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for part of the project (Measure R is also a big contributor). The project is looking to get that squared away in early 2014.
The good news is that while those administrative tasks are being done, utility relocations have begun along the alignment and Metro is also doing further work to evaluate soil conditions and look for other obstructions that may be found underground. The point of this preparatory work is to gather as much information possible to avoid surprises and/or obstacles that could delay work. (Here is a recent post about the search for tiebacks near the Wilshire/La Cienega station).
Another issue that will impact the construction timeline is safety. It is — as it should be — the highest priority for Metro.
One other item that bears discussing: Metro has had a “Master Cooperative Agreement” with the city of Los Angeles for several years and is in the midst of hammering one out with the city of Beverly Hills. These agreements lay out how Metro and the city will work together during construction, including each parties’ responsibilities, timelines, and how Metro will reimburse the cities for their time.
Metro also wants permission to work longer hours — peak periods, nights and holidays — in order to get street level work done as quickly as possible and move construction underground — because underground work has far less impacts on traffic and quality of life. Please see this earlier post for more information about permits and work hours for the Purple Line Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Regional Connector.
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