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Restoration work along Crenshaw Boulevard moves to Martin Luther King Jr. Station

Tuesday August 07, 2018

Construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line — Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro’s) next light rail line — continues this week as restoration work moves north to the area around the future Martin Luther King Jr. Station at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards.

Construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line — Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro’s) next light rail line — continues this week as restoration work moves north to the area around the future Martin Luther King Jr. Station at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. The area has seen four years of construction and Metro’s contractor is now rebuilding the street, sidewalks and adjacent landscaping.

The work also involves securing utility lines, removing the concrete decking that sits over each of the three underground stations on the northern end of the line and repaving the road. Metro’s contractor will also be rebuilding curbs, gutters, sidewalks and adding ramps that are compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Restoration work for the three underground stations — Leimert Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Expo/Crenshaw — began in June at Leimert Park Station. That work has been completed.

The closure schedule is:

Martin Luther King Jr. Station

Crenshaw Boulevard, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker, is now closed for the next several weeks.

Detours:

  • Northbound: If traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn east on Vernon Avenue, turn north on Western Avenue, turn west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and then turn north on Crenshaw Boulevard.
  • Southbound: If traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, turn south on Western Avenue, turn west on Vernon Avenue and turn south on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Crenshaw Boulevard between Vernon Avenue and Stocker Street will be open only for local resident access.

Local traffic access to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza will be via Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Marlton Avenue, Santa Rosalia Drive and Stocker Street.

Crenshaw/Expo Station

Crenshaw Boulevard will be closed between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street after phase 2 is completed at Martin Luther King Jr. Station. Metro will provide more information as work at Martin Luther King, Jr. Station is closer to being completed. Motorists will have two detour options available.

Detour option 1:

Northbound: If traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, turn north on Western Avenue, turn west on Jefferson Boulevard and turn north on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Southbound: If traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn east on Jefferson Boulevard, turn south on Western Avenue, turn west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and turn south on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Detour option 2:

Northbound: If traveling northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Rodeo Road, turn north on La Brea Avenue, turn east on Jefferson Boulevard and turn north on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Southbound: If traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard turn west on Jefferson Boulevard, turn south on La Brea Avenue, turn east on Rodeo Road/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and then turn south on Crenshaw Boulevard.

Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition and Jefferson boulevards will only be open for local access.

Leimert Park Station

Crenshaw Boulevard, between 43rd Street/Homeland Drive and 48th Street, reopened Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 6 a.m. after restoration work was completed.

Traffic Control Officers

During the restoration work, Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be deployed at critical intersections to help manage traffic along detours and local access routes.

Metro mitigation programs

Metro’s Business Solution Center (BSC) and the Business Interruption Funds (BIF) will continue assisting business impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line. For information on these programs contact: BSC (323) 299-9660 extension 2289 or visit www.metrobsc.net/crenshaw and BIF (213) 739-2999 extension 223 or visit www.metro.net/bif.

Safety

During construction activities access for emergency responders will always maintained, unless otherwise specified. Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice.

Metro Bus service

During the restoration period, Metro Bus lines 40, 105, 210, 705, 710 and 740 will be detoured and bus stops will be relocated or changed. For information on Metro bus lines call (323) GO.METRO (323-466-3876) or visit Metro service advisories at www.metro.net/service/advisories/bus/

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is an 8.5-mile light rail line that will include eight new stations to serve the Crenshaw, Inglewood and LAX communities. The $2.058-billion project is targeted to open in 2019. A ninth station will be added after opening to connect the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Green Line and bus lines to the future LAX automated people mover.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project go to metro.net/Crenshaw, e-mail crenshawcorridor@metro.net or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrenshawRail and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/crenshawrail or call the project hotline at (213) 922-2736.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

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