Metro Announces Street Restoration Project for Little Tokyo, Arts District; Detours Planned

The work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension.

Original Article Credit By CITY NEWS SERVICE for Dailynews.com

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin an eight-month street restoration project in the area of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station next week, affecting traffic through Aug. 31.

The work is part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, a 1.9-mile underground light-rail extension that will connect the A Line (Blue), the E Line (Expo) and the L Line (Gold) in downtown Los Angeles and will include three new stations at First Street/Central Avenue, Second Street/Broadway and Second Place/Hope Street.

Metro officials said the rail line is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily, including 17,000 new riders, and save commuters up to 20 minutes by eliminating the need to transfer between the rail lines.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Scheduled street restrictions are:

  •  A full westbound street closure along First Street from Vignes Street to Alameda Street will begin Jan. 10 and remain in effect through May 1.
  •  Nine weekend closures of the intersection of First and Alameda streets from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday will take place Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, May 1 and Aug. 28.
  • Additional street closures along First Street from Central Avenue to Alameda Street will occur from May 4 through Aug. 31.

Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained at all times, and pedestrian crosswalks on First and Alameda streets may be restricted intermittently during the restoration work.

More information on the Regional Connector Transit Project is available at www.metro.net/regionalconnector.

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