Work on the Purple Line subway extension is getting real. So real that Wilshire Boulevard is getting reconfigured for four days next month—losing a lane on each side as construction crews start digging out the La Brea station.
Beginning the morning of Friday, October 23 and ending the following Monday morning, Metro will reduce the six lanes on Wilshire between Highland and Cloverdale avenues (a total of five blocks) to four lanes; two in each direction. Parking will also get the heave-ho that weekend, from Mansfield Avenue to Detroit Street.
Pedestrians will have access during this time, though bus stops may move. The bus-only lane will be suspended in this section, with buses traveling in the regular lanes during the morning and afternoon rush-hour. Metro is also removing medians in the area, that will be returned—with new landscaping—after the subway extension opens in 2023.
Next month’s work is actually preparation for construction crews drilling 95-foot holes into the boulevard, along the perimeter of the future station at the northwest corner of Wilshire and La Brea. “A total of 390 soldier piles will be installed at a rate of 1-2 piles per day, and work will last approximately six to eight months,” according to a Metro release. “Work will occur behind concrete barriers which provide a safety barricade between the installation work and adjacent traffic. Exact start dates for the soldier pile operation will be announced at a later date.” Click here for more info on construction.
We’re in the thick of it, folks. It should be worth it, though.