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
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.
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