Construction Updates, the Naming of Stations, and More at Tonight’s Meeting on the Crenshaw Line

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.53.06 AMThe Crenshaw Leadership Council (CLC) will be holding their quarterly meeting on the progress of the Crenshaw/LAX line tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. at Dulan’s on Crenshaw (4859 Crenshaw Boulevard).

The meeting will provide updates from the work of the small groups, or PODs (Project Oriented Discussions), the CLC supports — Small Business Resources, Economic Development, Transit-Oriented Development, and Safety.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about Metro’s station naming policy and offer feedback on the station names currently under consideration. Should the stations be named after a neighborhood? A landmark structure? A historic figure? A living one (don’t laugh — Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky might just get their own stops)? Drop by the meeting to offer your thoughts and get some soul food while you’re at it.

Finally, the meeting will provide updates on construction, including the upcoming 2-week closure at Crenshaw Bl. and Rodeo Rd.

If you’ve been in and around the Crenshaw area of late, you’ve noticed that the corridor is a bit of a mess, thanks to construction for the line being in full swing.

If you’re on a bike, torn-up sections of street and narrowed sections of the roadway have made it feel like you’re running a treacherous gauntlet. For pedestrians, it can be noisy, dusty, and a pain to navigate barriers lining sidewalks and intersections. And, if you’re a business, you may have contemplated suing Metro because your customers can’t see you behind all the barricades. It hasn’t been pretty, in other words.

Moving through the neighborhood will become a little more complicated when the intersection at Rodeo Rd. and Crenshaw Bl. is completely closed to east-west traffic for two weeks.

Beginning 9 p.m., Friday, October 24, and continuing through Friday, November 7, construction of the perimeter of the underground station at Crenshaw and Exposition will necessitate the round-the-clock re-routing of east- and west-bound traffic from Rodeo Rd. (see below, click to enlarge).

South-bound lanes between Exposition and Martin Luther King, Jr. Bl. will be closed this Friday evening (October 10) at 9 p.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. Monday morning (Oct. 13). That south-bound section of road may also be closed during the 2-week construction period.

North-bound traffic lanes on Crenshaw will remain open throughout this period, as will pedestrian access.

The closure was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, but was rescheduled for the 24th of this month.

These closures come on top of those already underway at night along Crenshaw, between Exposition Bl. and Rodeo Pl.

The work is necessary to allow the major excavation for the underground station slated to take place throughout the month of November. Some time next year, tunnel-boring machines will be lowered into the site to begin digging the underground section of the line.

For more information about the Crenshaw/LAX line, please see Metro’s page here. Learn more about the Crenshaw Leadership Council here.


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