Purple Line Extension Newsletter: February

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Section 1 Purple Line Extension Construction Updates 
Elsie and Soyeon Nearing Wilshire/Fairfax Station

The twin tunnel boring machines continue grinding their way west from the Wilshire/La Brea Station to the Wilshire/Fairfax Station—slowed somewhat by the anticipated tar sands under this stretch of Wilshire Bl—while workers continue to construct cross passages to join the twin tunnels.

Our readers might recall that Federal rules require cross passages approximately every 800 feet. Workers have excavated one cross passage, which required cutting into the existing tunnel walls. The cross passages are actually mini-tunnels, reinforced with steel and concrete just like the tunnels themselves. Unfortunately, there are no miniature tunnel boring machines to make quick work of cross passage excavation.  

Elsie nears Curson Av, the west boundary of the La Brea Tar Pits. She has covered approximately 2,800 feet, 63 percent of the distance between the Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/Fairfax Stations. Because the tar sands and methane pockets have slowed her progress, schedulers anticipate Elsie to be delayed in her breakthrough to the Wilshire/Fairfax Station, now expected for early March.
Prepping the tunnel eyes for the tunnel boring machine breakthrough inside the Wilshire/Fairfax Station 

Soyeon, the trailing tunnel boring machine, has passed Burnside Av, carving 1,554 feet of her journey. This translates to 35 percent of her task. While the location of the tar sands was pin pointed by the 2013 - 2014 exploratory shaft, the tar sands create maintenance issues. The stickiness of the soil requires more cleaning of the conveyor system that carries the excavated soil to the South La Brea Yard for removal.

Below is a photo update for the major work at the Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/La Cienega Stations. 

 Constructing the roof for the Wilshire/La Brea Station
Installing vertical rebar inside the Wilshire/La Cienega Station
Section 2 Purple Line Extension Construction Updates 

Bustling Construction Activities in Beverly Hills

Piling on the north side of Wilshire Bl continues behind K-rail. Weekend piling across Beverly Dr is anticipated to begin this month. During piling in the intersection, Beverly Dr will be open to one lane in each direction through the intersection. 

The signal work on Clifton Wy and Crescent Dr, which also includes sidewalk restoration, pedestrian push buttons, is anticipated to be completed this month. This work requires intermittent lane, crosswalk and sidewalk closures.

Piling preparations inside the work zone 

In mid-February, the design-builder plans to install a driveway at the Reeves Staging Yard. The work will take approximately five days to complete. During that time, the west sidewalk on Reeves Dr will be closed while the east sidewalk remains open. Intermittent closures will be required on southbound Reeves Dr from Wilshire Bl at the alley near Reeves Park, Monday through Friday.

For more information about the work, take a look at the monthly look-ahead.

Century City Gets a New Traffic Signal

Upcoming construction in Century City includes the installation of power line conduits required for the new Century Park East mid-block traffic signal. Work hours will be from 8pm to 6am with an anticipated completion date by the end of February.
Construction progress inside the tunnel boring machine launch box in Century City 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power anticipates completion of the remaining cable pulling work located on Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Bl by the end of February.

Setup of the construction yards located along Century Park East continues throughout the month of February. This work includes construction of the tunnel shaft and utility installation, with work taking place Monday through Saturday from 6am to 4pm.

Learn more about all the major construction activities taking place in Century City this month here.

Section 3 Purple Line Extension Construction Updates 

Metro Connects with Faith Leaders in the Westside
Last Thursday, January 30, Metro CEO, Phil Washington, and other Metro leaders hosted the Westside Faith Leaders Roundtable. Pastors, chaplains, rabbis, and other clergy, joined the discussion about transportation investments and improvements, homelessness outreach, and other updates on upcoming Metro projects on the Westside. This Roundtable is one of many efforts Metro has been working on to manifest Metro's vision for engaging the faith community so that we may collaboratively design and improve Metro programs to benefit communities.  

Metro is grateful for the opportunity to connect with the Westside Faith Leaders and hear about their thoughts and hopes for the community. Stay tuned for the next Faith Leaders Roundtable.  

Faith leaders of the Westside
Eat Shop Play 
As the Purple Line Extension continues to expand into the Westside, we’re welcoming new neighborhoods to Metro’s Eat Shop Play program to bring focused attention to businesses impacted by Metro subway construction. The last section of the Purple Line Extension Project, Section 3, will add 2.56 miles of new rail to Metro’s Rail system. Two new stations will be added at Wilshire/Westwood and on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs property. Section 3 will be under construction this year, so let’s support the newest neighborhood added to Eat Shop Play, Westwood!

New Eat Shop Play Partners
Le Mervetty
319 N Cañon Dr

The Original Merveilleux French Patisserie in Beverly Hills

Le Mervetty >
Espresso Profeta 
1129 Glendon Av

Cozy brick-walled coffeehouse near UCLA boasting a leafy patio, free WiFi & light fare.

Espresso Profeta >

Michael K Jewelers
1093 1/2 Broxton Av

Michael K. Jewelers has strived to make moments a milestone for close to 20 years in Westwood Village. 

Michael K Jewelers >

Westwood Flower Garden
1091 Gayley Av

When you shop for flowers online with Westwood Flower Garden, you will see beautiful bouquet arrangements hand-crafted with passion, attention to detail, and great care. 

Westwood Flower Garden >
Metro Headlines
Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Cuvee
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Here are the Metro Art events happening in February
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Upcoming Meetings
Lunch with Us Webinar Section 1 & 2: La Cienega and Rodeo Station Update Meeting 
Wednesday, February 5 | 12pm - 1pm | Link to Webinar

Section 1 & 2: La Cienega and Rodeo Station Update Meeting 
Wednesday, February 5 | 6:30pm - 8pm| Beverly Hills City Hall

Section 2: Construction Community Meeting 
Tuesday, February 20 | 6:30pm - 8pm | Century Plaza Towers

Section 3: Construction Community Meeting
Thursday, March 19| 6:30pm - 8pm | Belmont Village Senior Living, Westwood

Lunch with Us Webinar Section 1, 2 & 3: Construction Update Meeting 
Wednesday, April 1 | 12pm - 1pm | Link to Webinar

Section 1: Construction Community Meeting 
Thursday, May 14 | 6:30pm - 8pm | SAG-AFTRA
Contact Us! 
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