More intersection, road closures for Blue Line upgrades • Long Beach Post

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.


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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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