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Weekend Closures of Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles between 5th and 6th Streets Begins September 8 for Work on Regional Connector Transit Project

Thursday August 31, 2017

Regional Connector Constructors (RCC) work crews under contract to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will begin weekend closures of Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles between 5th and 6th Streets beginning Friday, September 8, for cut and cover decking installation work required for the Regional Connector Transit Project. 

The weekend closures will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 8, and will remain in place through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 11. The weekend closures will continue every weekend, except on holidays, for approximately three months.

During the weekend closures, crews will conduct roadway removal and pile installation work, excavation and protection of underground utilities and the installation of temporary deck panels. The deck panels will serve as a temporary roadway to facilitate excavation and construction of the tunnel box beneath the street while maintaining access to thru traffic at street level.

Local access to businesses in the area will be maintained during the closure from Hope Street and Grand Avenue. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction area. This work will be coordinated with other activities in the corridor, including the 6th Street closure at the intersection of 6th Street and Flower Street.

Traffic Detours

  • Flower Street traffic will be detoured to Grand Avenue at 1st Street, then to Wilshire Boulevard and back to Flower Street.
  • Southbound 1-110 traffic detour to 4th Street off-ramp, to Grand Avenue, to Wilshire Boulevard and then back to Flower Street.
  • Northbound I-110 off-ramp traffic detour onto eastbound 9th Street off-ramp to Hope Street, to 7th Street and then back to Flower Street.
  • Eastbound 6th Street thru traffic detour to southbound Bixel Street, to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard and back to Flower Street.
  • Southbound Flower Street traffic will detour westbound at 3rd Street to Beaudry, to Wilshire Boulevard and back to Flower Street.
  • For local access, Westlawn parking garage access will be from Grand Avenue south of 5th Streets. For the California Club and Paragon Parking, detour westbound at 3rd Street to Beaudry to Wilshire Boulevard and access from Hope Street.

The public is encouraged to plan ahead and allow for extra time when commuting into downtown Los Angeles during the weekend closures. 

The $1.756-billion Regional Connector Transit Project is a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the Blue, Expo and Gold Lines in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street. The rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily – including 17,000 new riders – and save commuters up to 20 minutes by reducing the need to transfer. The connector will provide a one-seat, one fare ride for commuters from Azusa to Long Beach and between East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways, provide significant environmental benefits and spur economic development throughout the county. Through improved connectivity, riders will be better able to use the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines and other regional transportation services. 

For more information on the Regional Connector Transit Project go to metro.net/regionalconnector.

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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