June 2020 Progress Newsletter

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Construction Progress

Dear Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project area neighbors,

Over the past month our contractor, Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC), and all construction crew members have been performing civil work improvements throughout the project alignment, performing road and sidewalk restorations, landscape preparation, and installing street lights. Crews have also been working underground, in the final stages of elevator installations, stairway completion, and electrification of tunnel segments. The following sections give you an overview of that progress. We invite you to join us at our upcoming construction update meeting in July to get the latest progress updates. 

Save the date for our next construction update community meeting
Thursday, July 16th, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

Upcoming Meeting

Recognizing Essential Workers
The office of Los Angeles County Supervisors is recognizing essential workers in the second district. This week they recognized Shannon McQueen, a crew member of our Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. Shannon grew up in the City of Inglewood. She is a Safety Manager for Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors, the contractor overseeing the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. She has been working on this project since January of 2016. Shannon was introduced to the construction industry when she was a student. The college she attended had a Justice & Safety program, which inspired her to major in Occupational Safety.
To read more about Shannon and other essential workers Click Here

Underground Stations
Underground construction continues to progress in the northern segment along the three underground stations. Most of the major structural station elements are now complete. Much of the architectural elements are in the process of being completed, as final touches are being applied to various station features such as stairs, ceilings, and concourse level.

Work toward the build-out of the station plaza levels is also progressing as landscaping has begun with the initial planting of palm trees at the Leimert Park Station, and plantar installation at the Martin Luther King Jr. Station. 
Power cables being pulled for tunnel booster fans near the Expo/Crenshaw Station along the northbound tunnel. 
Installation of granite thread and riser installation on the staircase landing.
Installation of a palm tree at the Leimert Park Station plaza.
Waterproofing the interior of planters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Station plaza.

Street Level Civil Construction
Work continues at street-level along Crenshaw Bl, as the contractor is performing street improvements throughout the area. Some of the current street work involves sidewalk construction around the underground station box and at the station plazas. 

Much of the sidewalk reconstruction work in the Park Mesa Heights (the at-grade segment) area is complete. Work crews are currently focusing on patching the roadway at various locations in order to finalize the work involving the relocation of storm drains. All of this work is part of the project’s effort toward conducting roadway improvements along the project alignment and upgrading the streetscape of Crenshaw Bl.  
Placing concrete for new curb gutter installation on northbound Crenshaw Bl between Obama Bl and Exposition Bl.

Hyde Park Underground Segment
The underground tunnel in the Hyde Park area is near completion. The final restoration of the roadway of Crenshaw Bl, in the Hyde Park area is anticipated in the near future. Work crews are currently finalizing some street and roadway improvements in the area. A new median island has been installed on Crenshaw Bl just south of 67th St. 
Excavating at the median island south of 67th St on Crenshaw Bl.

Fairview Heights Station
Our contractor is continuing to make significant progress in the Fairview Heights Station. Crews have begun testing the communication systems at the Fairview Heights Control Points. Along with completing critical civil and structural improvements last month, sidewalk reconstruction, ADA ramp installation, street lighting and traffic relocation, and concrete roadway placement and striping at Redondo Bl and West Bl have been completed. Crews have also begun grading and backfilling behind the Fairview Heights station and installing the framing and roof blocking for the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM), which is anticipated to be completed by mid-June. 

Downtown Inglewood Station
At the Downtown Inglewood station, the contractor is currently working on the communications systems used to power the TVMs, signal systems, and Overhead Catenary System (OCS). Crews have installed permanent directional signage at the platform level on both the southbound and northbound tracks. 

Westchester/Veterans Station
Crews at the Westchester/Veterans Station continue installing the framing for the stainless-steel panels on the platform and installing the roof blocking for the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM), which is anticipated to be completed by mid-June.

Aviation/Century Station 
Crews at the Aviation/Century Station have installed the permanent directional signage at the platform level on both the southbound and northbound tracks. Along with installing the escalator’s overhead light fixtures and completing the installation of its stainless-steel panels late last month, the elevator installation is anticipated to completed by mid-June. Currently the glass panels are being added to the elevator structures. Crews are anticipating completing permanent fencing installation by mid-July. 

Civil Work Improvements 
At Aviation Bl and 124th St, the contractor has removed the large stockpiles of dirt. Crews have also begun excavating and base grading at southwest corners on Aviation Bl and 104th St, and Aviation Bl and 111th St for ADA ramp and driveway reconstruction. We anticipate installing new traffic signals at 111th St and 104th St by mid-June and mid-July respectively. Crews have backfilled and compacted the ballast, used to hold the tracks in place, from the Downtown Inglewood Station and Fairview Height Station. 

LA Metro News
Metro is coordinating with LA County Department of Public Health on response to COVID-19 / coronavirus.
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Get ready for the #WearAMaskLA Video PSA Contest!
Calling all Angelenos to participate in the Wear A Mask LA video PSA contest to show all Los Angeles County residents why it’s important to wear a face-covering or mask while riding on transit or in public. Here’s how it works: post a video no longer than 30 seconds to your social media channel using the hashtag, #WearAMaskLA. And be sure to tag us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. For more details see The Source article. 

Metro is still in service for those who serve us

To celebrate the arrival of the tunnel boring machines that will be digging the path from Westwood to the VA Hospital, we invite you to draw your ideal community with the Purple Line Extension subway. Winners will receive prizes and countywide recognition. 
Submit your entry by July 30, 2020

If you were not able to join us at past Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project construction update community meetings and would like to view our presentation please visit our web page at metro.net/crenshaw and click on the meeting presentations on the right-hand side.
Past Meeting Presentations

Business Solution Center 
Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Business Solution Center (BSC) provides resources, programs, and support to the small businesses along the Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor. For more information on BSC services, please visit metrobsc.net/crenshaw.

Business Interruption Fund 
Metro's Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to qualifying small "mom and pop" businesses directly impacted by construction; learn more by visiting metro.net/bif. To apply, visit Metro's program administrator, Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR)
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