Construction for the first section of the Purple Line Extension from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega continues to ramp up. Meanwhile, Metro is making progress on Section 2 that will extend the subway to Beverly Hills and Century City.
Metro completed some early field work in both communities last month, including ‘potholing’ that gave Metro more information about utilities laying below street level.
Metro also conducted geotechnical borings that yielded more information about soil conditions where the Century City/Constellation station will be built. This information will be used by design/build contractors who will be bidding on this phase of the project.
While Metro was able to keep streets open during this work, there were occasional lane closures. Metro thanks motorists and pedestrians for their patience during this work. In Century City, small work crews will occasionally be seen monitoring equipment installed below ground.
Beyond this work, Metro should be off the streets in Century City until 2016 when utility relocation work is expected to start. Construction of Section 2 is scheduled to be complete by 2026 with Section 1 opening in 2023. The Purple Line Extension is funded by Measure R — the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008 — and with federal grants.