Multiple intersections, lanes closed along Blue Line right-of-way for construction

Multiple intersections and lanes that run along Metro Los Angeles Blue Line’s right-of-way are closed as construction begins on the line’s 8-month closure.

Here’s what being affected:

  • First Street and Pine Avenue: This intersection will be closed until Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 a.m. You will not be able to turn north onto Pine Avenue from Ocean Boulevard or south onto Pine from Broadway during this period.
  • 10th Street and Long Beach Boulevard: This intersection will be closed Saturday, Feb. 16th at 5 a.m.
  • Third Street and Long Beach Boulevard; Sixth Street and Long Beach Boulevard; Seventh Street and Pacific Avenue: All three of these intersections will be closed Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. until Monday, Feb. 18 at 5 a.m.

The northbound lane of Pacific Avenue that is adjacent to the Blue Line track will be closed between Third and Fourth Streets, in order to make way for the K-rail installation.

Additionally, expect construction and traffic delays at the following Blue Line stations:

  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Anaheim Street
  • Fifth Street
  • First Street
  • Pacific Avenue
  • Downtown Long Beach/Transit Mall

Officials ask users to ‘plan ahead’ as Metro Blue Line prepares for 8-month closure

Part of the “New Blue” project (which, at the end of its construction, will be called the “A Line”), the construction is needed to make much-needed improvements—both structurally and aesthetically—across the span of two four-month closures. This particular part of the $1.2 billion project will cost $350 million.

The first of the closures began in January and affects the southern stretch of the line from its Downtown Long Beach hub to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station. The northern segment, scheduled for closure beginning in May, will stretch from Willowbrook/Rosa Parks to 7th/Metro. The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station will be closed for the entirety of the eight months as it undergoes its $66 million overhaul.

To view the breakdown of the expenditure plan for the “New Blue,” click here.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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