More intersection, road closures for Blue Line upgrades

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

Here’s what being affected:

  • First Street and Long Beach Boulevard: This intersection will be closed starting Thursday, February 28 at 7 a.m. and last until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • First Street and Pacific Avenue: This intersection will be closed starting Thursday, February 28 at 7 a.m. and last until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • Eighth Street between Locust and Pacific avenues: The eastbound parking lane on Eighth Street will be closed between Locust Avenue and Pacific Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Friday, March 1. A sidewalk closure will be in effect on eastbound Eighth Street near Tribune Court.
  • First Street and Long Beach Boulevard: This intersection will be closed until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • Broadway at Long Beach Boulevard: This intersection will be closed until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • First Street and Pacific Avenue: This intersection will be closed until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • Broadway and Pacific Avenue: This intersection will be closed until Monday, March 4 at 5 a.m.
  • Long Beach Boulevard between Eighth and Hill streets: There will be a daily closure of the intersections at Eighth Street, 19th Street, 20th Street, and Hill Street at Long Beach Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. until Friday, March 1. Vehicles will continue to be able to drive northbound and southbound down Long Beach Boulevard; however, they will not be able to make turns across the tracks.

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 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 Seventh/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 and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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