Work to start Sunday on Metro Purple Line

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
PURPLE LINE preliminary work to add evening and early morning hours.

PURPLE LINE preliminary work to add evening and early morning hours.

A night shift is set to start Sun., March 16 to continue ongoing utility relocation in preparation for the Metro Purple Line subway under Wilshire Blvd.

“The night time work for fiber relocation is anticipated to last six months,” said Kasey Shuda, construction relations manager of the Purple Line Extension.

“Once fiber relocation (internet, phone lines) is complete, we will relocate AT&T lines, LADWP water and power and SCG (Southern Calif. Gas) lines,” she added.

The entire nighttime utility relocation schedule is anticipated to last until the beginning of 2016, while the nighttime traffic pattern will go on for about six months.

Nighttime work will take place east of Ogden Dr. on Wilshire from 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays.

Eastbound Wilshire will be reduced to one lane from just west of Fairfax to east of Ogden during the evening/early morning schedule.

MMRA opposes night schedule

Meanwhile, a petition to stop nighttime, Sunday and holiday subway construction is underway by members of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. “The MMRA whole-heartedly supports the extension of the Purple Line. Our issue with the subway expansion is solely about nine years of constant nighttime, Sunday and holiday construction noise and disturbances,” according to the group’s March newsletter.

“The Miracle Mile is one of the most densely populated urban corridors in the nation; we must stand together to remind Metro that we are a residential community and not a full-time construction zone.”

Day work

Metro contractors will continue to make improvements and relocate exiting utilities to make way for the subway  west of Fairfax, on Wilshire from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

This daytime schedule is expected to continue a few more months, Shuda said.

Work will occur in the middle lanes with two lanes remaining on both eastbound and westbound Wilshire. Parking will be prohibited during working hours from Fairfax to just east of Crescent Heights.

According to Metro:

All work has received necessary permits and approvals.

Detours with signage will be implemented.

Temporary bus stops with relocation signage will be implemented.

Parking restrictions will be implemented in the immediate area of the construction zone.

Access for pedestrians will be maintained outside of the construction zone.

Access for the Fire Department and emergency responders will be maintained. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times unless notified in advance.

For emergencies or issues needing immediate attention only, call 323-669-7652.

Also called the Subway to the Sea, the Purple Line is expected to be finished in 2030 and end in Santa Monica.

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