During a routine investigation of Metro Gold Line bridge structures on Wednesday, March 26, Metro Operations discovered cracks in the concrete on a bridge abutment between Union Station and Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. The inspection occurred prior to the 5.1 earthquake on March 28.
Metro’s Engineering & Construction and Facilities Maintenance departments performed a preliminary investigation, analyzed the scope of the cracking and determined that the cracking does not pose a risk to public safety. A speed restriction of 8 mph has been implemented for trains crossing the bridge as a precaution. Metro will monitor the situation on a daily basis.
The cause of the cracking is still under investigation. In an abundance of caution, Metro will conduct a thorough assessment of transit aerial structures. Metro is arranging for its contractor to make needed repairs immediately.
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