Metro construction for the Purple Line Extension subway project in Beverly Hills continues, as crews are building the Wilshire/Rodeo and Wilshire/La Cienega subway stations. Work is occurring underground and in staging yards near the station sites.
Twin tunneling machines are currently excavating eastbound under Beverly Hills and are anticipated to reach the Wilshire/Rodeo station in late December. As of Dec. 1, the tunneling machines had reached the area near Wilshire Boulevard and Camden Drive. They are approximately 35% of the way to their final destination at Wilshire/La Cienega.
Throughout the month, work will be ongoing 24 hours at the Wilshire/Rodeo station, where material and concrete deliveries will increase. Work will also be ongoing at street level in the area. Through Jan. 1, three lanes of Wilshire Boulevard will remain open between El Camino and Crescent drives from 7-9 a.m. and 4-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Wilshire Boulevard may be reduced to one lane in each direction in the area from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Traffic control may also be implemented on Beverly Drive, which will remain open with two lanes in each direction from 7-9 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.
Crews will also be conducting subsurface investigation work underneath Wilshire Boulevard between Stanley Drive and Le Doux Road in Beverly Hills. The work is anticipated to last through mid-January. Crews will determine whether additional work will be needed to stabilize the subway tunnels.
If additional work is necessary, a K-rail work zone will be created in the middle of Wilshire Boulevard in January and will be in place for four months. Metro will provide additional details when they are available.
At Wilshire/La Cienega, crews have been working on multiple appendage structures, which are rooms and passageways adjacent to the main station. Crews have been working on appendages on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard. K-Rail work zones will remain in place along the north side of Wilshire Boulevard between Gale Drive and San Vicente Boulevard.
Wilshire Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes in the area for the next eight to 10 months. Left turns to north Gale Drive will be restricted intermittently from east bound Wilshire Boulevard, and sidewalks on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard will remain closed. In January, Gale Drive will be permanently closed north of Wilshire Boulevard for four months.
Through Nov. 2022, Metro will install instrumentation atop poles along Wilshire Boulevard to monitor impacts caused by construction. The work will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays.
Crews are also building appendage structures at the future subway stations at Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Brea, where work is anticipated to continue through the third quarter of 2022. Lane closures will be necessary on Wilshire Boulevard through April 15 between San Diego Way and Spaulding Avenue.
At the Wilshire/Fairfax station concrete walls are being constructed inside the station box. A K-rail work zone is in place at the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue to support underground appendage construction.
Appendage construction is also ongoing through March 31, 2022, at Wilshire/La Brea. Wilshire Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Orange Drive and Detroit Street through the first quarter of next year.
No work will occur on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The next monthly online construction update for sections one and two of the Purple Line Extension will be held at noon on Jan. 5. For information and a link, visit metro.net.
For questions and concerns about the Purple Line Extension project, call the 24-hour project hotline at (213)922-6934, email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit metro.net.
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