Traffic rerouting on Crenshaw and Exposition Blvd for underground station construction May 30


Here’s the press release from Metro:

Construction will begin on Friday, May 30, on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards with a 15-hour full street closure to implement a new traffic configuration. This area will be the stage for the future underground Crenshaw/Expo Station.

Wash/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) will implement this traffic configuration between Jefferson Boulevard and Coliseum Street beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 30, through 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

WSCC will place on the westside of Crenshaw Boulevard K-rail (concrete barriers), between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place to separate the work area from the street traffic and restripe traffic lanes. Work is anticipated to last for 15 hours.

Southbound detour

Beginning Friday at 10 p.m. motorists traveling southbound on Crenshaw will be diverted to the left on Jefferson Boulevard, right at Arlington, right on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and left at Crenshaw Boulevard.

Northbound detour

For those motorists traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard, they will be diverted to the right at Martin Luther King Jr., left at Arlington, left at Jefferson and right at Crenshaw Boulevard.

This upcoming construction activity mirrors the new traffic configuration on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King and Stocker Street on May 3.This work is need it if for the excavation of the station boxes and will allow underground work while the flow of traffic continues above ground, reducing the effects of construction to motorists and pedestrians.

After the full street closure on Saturday traffic will resume with two lanes in each direction. The bus stop located on the southwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road will be relocated to the northwest corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard. Changes to bus routes or bus stops may occur due to construction activities however Metro will post English and Spanish signs at affected stops to advice of alternative boarding locations. Real time information is available at or 323.GO.METRO.

There will be limited access to business during the night time activity. However, pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access to emergency vehicles.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project is a light-rail line that will run between the Expo and Green Lines. The $2.058 billion Measure R transit project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight new stations, a maintenance facility, park & ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.

Following the closure WSCC will begin these construction activities: utility relocation, pile installation, street decking and excavation.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project visit or by email to, by phone at (213) 922.2736 or follow the project at or

9 replies

  1. Is there a Grammer error in the second paragraph under Northbound Detour?
    ..should it be . This work is needed.. vs. need it..??

    This upcoming construction activity mirrors the new traffic configuration on Crenshaw Boulevard between Martin Luther King and Stocker Street on May 3.This work is need it if f

  2. Mike: The old 22 (formerly 83B) going away was a part of a bigger initiative to reduce duplication with muni lines and to give the munis more ability to manage the transit in their communities. Of course, Brentwood was one a PE alignment and went to PE motor coach and would eventually turn into the 83B. The 21 (formerly the 83 to UCLA) was eliminated due to duplication with Santa Monica lines. If I remember correctly, the loss of the 27 alternate route on Olympic was related to the restructure on San Vicente as a part of the Consent Decree.

    This was during a time when LACMTA was trying to trim down services and they gave away services to other providers (Beach Cities, etc.) when it was convenient. Look at the 4 on Santa Monica and the 60 on Long Beach Blvd.

    Myself, I would like to see more integration of the munis in an overall transit plan. Yes, we are starting to get TAP on more providers but I would like to see a single route numbering system for the entire county.

  3. I have to agree with those folks who feel that the Crenshaw line should be at grade and can switch with the Expo/Air Line. This way, a one seat ride from DTLA to LAX can be built. You can keep the separate alignments for the Expo and Crenshaw Lines but perhaps every 30 minutes insert a train that runs via the Expo Line and then the Crenshaw Line to LAX. And yes, I would bring back history and call it the “Air Line” (even though it only partially uses the old Air Line alignment).

  4. Everyone wants an one seat ride from point A to point B. Realistically that is not possible especially in a massive region like LA County.

    Besides, the trains are overcrowded as it is. You’ll be lucky to find that “one seat” in the first place.

  5. @Ivan: An underground station at Crenshaw/Expo will allow a future northern extension of the Crenshaw Line that could travel all the way up to Hollywood/Highland station.

  6. I finally figured out why the MTA refuses to build light rail with the ability to have alternate routes using the same rails. i.e. Blue Line to Green Line at Imperial Station and this instance where the Expo Line was built at street level and the Crenshaw Line will be underground making it impossible to offer for instance one seat north on Crenshaw to westbound Expo Line to the beach or Westbound Expo Line to southbound Crenshaw Line to the airport.

    After the merger, RTD/LACTC all the bus lines that had alternate routes were changed eliminating the alternate routes. i.e. 20 line, alt’. 21 &22 routes. Line 28,alt. 27 route. line 30, alt. 31 route. etc.They are fallowing the same ill concieved policies with rail. To bad someone doesn’t visit the MTA library and see how two sucessful transit providers operated in Los Angeles for over 50 years until the old MTA took over and finished the task of discontinuing all rail service.

  7. Curious question: will the at-grade segment along Crenshaw Blvd. be built at the center median or along the east side of the road? [The underground portion seems to be entirely along the east side.]

    • Hi Morris,

      The at-grade segment will run along the center media of Crenshaw Boulevard.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  8. An underground station? Metro will miss an opportunity to create a one-seat ride from the future LAX People Mover to Union Station.