December update on Crenshaw/LAX Line work

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is moving forward in December with construction of the three underground stations, the six bridges and two underground, cut-and-cover segments underway. In Inglewood, work on the right-of-way, a pedestrian underpass and the aerial Aviation/Century station are now under construction.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line is a $2.058 billion light-rail line that will connect the Green Line and the Expo Line. It will have eight new stations to serve the Crenshaw, Inglewood and LAX communities. It is expected to open in 2019. The project is largely funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

Northern segment

Crenshaw/Expo Station

The contractor Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) continues building the base for the concrete floor and installing waterproofing as well as conduits and plumbing.

Metro is preparing for lowering of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) with a ceremony to be held in January to mark this milestone. Prizes will be awarded to kids that participated in the contest to name the TBM and draw the art work to be displayed on the side of the digging machine.

Soil treatment work for the cross passages is expected to be completed in December. Cross passages are short tunnels that will connect the northbound and southbound subway tunnels in case of an emergency.

MLK Station

Excavation to install the third level of bracing continues and  will reach 65 feet below street level in the weeks ahead.

Vernon Station

Excavation to the second level of bracing is expected to be completed in December. 

Leimert Park Station (south portal)

Decking from Vernon Avenue to just north of 48th Street was completed on Nov. 24. Now the excavation work will continue under the concrete decking with traffic on Crenshaw moving overhead. Traffic control configuration in the middle of the street will continue for the next two years with two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic.

Park Mesa Heights

Pre-construction activities will continue in December from 48th Street to Slauson Avenue as pot holing (detecting location of utilities) and foundation work for the traffic light signals moves forward. WSCC expects to finish this construction activity by early January.

UG3 (60street/67street):

Work on this cut and cover section has begun on the north segment starting with steel pile installation. The work will proceed on Crenshaw Boulevard between 59th Street and 67th Street and includes installation of 900 steel piles. Steel pile installation is taking place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the next three months.   

Southern segment

Guideway segment B-1 City of Inglewood:

WSCC will continue installing storm drainage in the city of Inglewood at Hindry and later at Hyde Park. Work is expected to conclude by early January 2016.

La Brea Bridge

WSCC continues building retaining wall structures by backfilling and installing pre-manufactured panels and compacting with embankment materials that are now 75 percent completed. Installation of the bridge superstructure is expected to begin in early 2016. 

Faithfull Central Bible Church

Construction of the pedestrian tunnel floor is 30 percent advanced. Walls, decks, ramps and stairs are being constructed.

Fairview, Downtown Inglewood and Westchester/Veterans stations:

Excavation for these three stations in Inglewood is anticipated to begin in mid-December.

I-405 Bridge

The contractor will continue building the columns for the bridge. The bridge structure will span more than 300 feet and construction of the superstructure will commence as early as mid-2016.

Southwest Yard

WSCC will begin in January 2016 to move rail track tides out of what will be the Southwest Yard maintenance facility.

Century Bridge, Aviation/Century aerial station:

Work for the bridge superstructure at Aviation/Century aerial station is almost done and concrete pouring is expected to take place in January 2016. There are also mechanize structure embankments (MSE) wall currently under construction at 80 percent completion.

UG1 (104th Street to 111th Street)

Excavation work along the underground guideway structure between 111th and 104th streets is on-going (75 percent completed). Contractor continues with installation of walers, struts and lagging within the excavation area work.

111th Street Bridge

The abutments for the bridge at Aviation and 111th Street are 75 percent completed and pouring of the last abutment is anticipated to start next week. Waterline relocation is expected to be completed in December.

Green Line

The construction process to connect the Green Line to the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line continues. A weekend full street closure has been tentatively scheduled for the night of December 19 on Aviation Boulevard to allow counterweigh removal.

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16 replies

  1. The most important issue: What will the color of the Crenshaw Line be? Any that have been thrown around?

    • Hi Mike;

      That decision has not been made. There was, however, a Metro staff study released earlier this year that discussed changing the rail lines from colors to numbers since the Regional Connector will result in a Santa Monica-East L.A. line and Azusa-Long Beach line. Here’s the link to that study:

      One important note: no action has been taken yet on the staff proposal and I don’t believe action is imminent. As soon as I hear anything, I’ll let everyone know.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • 96th Street Station is part of the Airport Connector Project. 95th Street Station will connect with LAWA’s people mover project. The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will accommodate space on 96th Street to make this link possible. Stay tuned for more info on the Airport Connector.

    • Hi Neal;

      It will be Aviation/96th. The project to build the station along the Crenshaw/LAX Line is somewhat unusual because it’s a separate project from Crenshaw. At this point, it’s in the process of being environmentally cleared by Metro, which also must secure the full amount of funding to build the station. Meanwhile, the people mover project will be environmentally cleared by LAX. Hope that makes sense. The Aviation/96th project is known formally as the Airport Metro Connector project. The project’s home page is:

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Steve,

        Are there any renderings or schematics for the 96th street stations / people mover interface? I would hope they design the interface with growth in mind. I would imagine it would include multiple platforms for the green and Crenshaw lines (since the Green line Norwalk trains will have to turn around causing a potential bottleneck for Northbound Crenshaw line trains). I would also imagine there should be “future platform” space left open to build out for future lines (Sepulveda line / union station line, Lincoln line, etc.). Metro cannot afford to mess this up since this station could vary well become “Union Station West”.

        • Hi Al;

          Not yet. At the time the Board approved of the station, there was a rendering but it was completely hypothetical — just to show how something might look. The Board did impose a lot of requirements on the station so that it would be much more than a typical Metro Rail platform. At this point, the project needs to be environmentally cleared and then it will be designed and ultimately built.

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source

  2. Just out of curiosity, where does the “Veterans” part of the name from Westchester/Veterans Station come from?

    • Westchester/Veterns Station got the Veterans name from the Veterans Facility located at 733 South Hindry Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301 and the phone is (310) 348-7600. U.S.VETS site opened in 1993 with only five clients.Today, the site serves 540 veterans daily. Metro Construction Relations already hold a construction update at this location. Thanks for your comments.

    • Hi Tony;

      There is a nearby veterans housing development.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  3. Hi Jose,

    I am still wondering why Hindry/Florence Avenue site had been chosen for the Westchester Station as opposed to the Manchester Avenue/Aviation Blvd. bridge intersection?

      • Steve,

        Is Metro planning to make all green line station platforms long enough for 3 car trains? It appears the Imperial/Aviation, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Marine station platforms are only long enough for 2 car trains. Based on the proposed routing of the Crenshaw line, these stations on its southern end will have to be extended to 3 car train platforms to ensure station conformity…or does metro never plan to run 3 car trains for the Crenshaw line?

        • Hi Al;

          Great question. Here’s what the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s environmental study has to say on the issue:

          Station Platforms
          LRT stations would consist of either center or side platforms, 270 feet long, to accommodate
          LRT trains with up to three cars. Center platform stations would have a single platform,
          allowing passengers to access trains from either direction. This configuration would make it
          easier for passengers to transfer across the platform and to use the system in general. Side
          platform stations would have platforms on either side of the tracks, with separate entrances to
          each platform. A side platform configuration would require that patrons transfer to a
          different platform to access the trains. Platforms would be approximately 18 feet wide for
          center platform stations and 14 feet wide for side platform stations. The platforms would be
          39 inches high to allow level-boarding for full accessibility. Platform widths are determined
          in accordance with Metro’s Design Criteria and Directive Drawings. The existing Metro
          Green Line Mariposa, Douglas, and Redondo Beach Stations were constructed to
          accommodate two-car trains. If the Metro Green Line or proposed Crenshaw/LAX Line
          ridership demand increases, it may warrant that the platforms be extended to
          accommodate three-car trains.

          At this time, I’m unaware of any plans to extend the platforms at the Green Line stations that you mention. Sounds like it will be a wait-and-see thing, likely depending on how heavy ridership is on the Crenshaw/LAX Line. It may also depend on what happens with the Green Line Extension project deeper into the South Bay. It’s a third-decade Measure R project that along with other projects could potentially be accelerated if funding is secured. Stay tuned!

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source