An upbeat Mayor Eric Garcetti and Metro officials held a press conference on Museum Row last month to announce progress on constructing the Purple Line extension to the Veterans Affairs campus property west of the 405 freeway. The officials saluted contractor Skanska-Traylor-Shea (STS), whose workers completed the La Brea station area decking work in 16 weekends instead of the predicted 22 weekends.
The officials announced that additional decking work, this time near Fairfax Ave., is expected to be underway as early as Jan. 2017. That portion of the project anticipates 18 weekend closures on Wilshire and related traffic detours.
In addition, some center lanes of Wilshire Blvd., between Western and La Brea, will be closed periodically for “jet grouting” work over the coming months. Jet grouting reinforces and strengthens the subsurface soil with concrete to support tunneling and cross-passage installation.
The press conference took place in a construction yard that fronts three local museums — Petersen Automotive, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and LACMA. Gathered there with Mayor Garcetti were 5th District Councilman Paul Koretz and Metro Board Chair John Fasana.
Said Fasana of the just-completed work at La Brea: “Closing down a section of Wilshire Blvd., one of the busiest urban corridors in the country, can pose a real challenge. The operation succeeded in part due to the outstanding cooperation and support of the Miracle Mile community.”
Mayor Garcetti emphasized that the four-mile Purple Line Extension from Western to La Cienega is on time and on budget. Said the Mayor, possibly referring to County Measure M on the November 8 ballot: “As we’re working to give people more options for getting around town, it’s important that big projects are completed on time and on budget.” He added: “With this critical operation completed ahead of schedule, we are one step closer to building the world-class transportation system our region deserves.”
Nov. 3 meeting
Metro has scheduled its next community information meeting for Thurs., Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be at Temple Beth-Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles. Representatives from Metro and STS will make a presentation and respond to questions.
Limited parking is available on site for handicap placard holders and seniors. Free two-hour parking is available at the La Cienega Tennis Center a block-and-a-half up the street at 325 S. La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills.