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One Street Opens, A Bridge Gets Set to Close

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 02:25PM
Looking toward First from Vignes Ed Fuentes

After months of being cut off by construction for the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Light Rail project, Vignes street's crossing at the base of the 1st street bridge was reopened Monday afternoon. Traffic on 1st continues with one lane in each direction until January 28th, when the bridge will be closed for a month of construction. The closure was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was pushed a week according to Ahmmad Eldeib, a Metro Gold Line Excavation Field Engineer.

In contrast to other Downtown construction, in which the sidewalk is usually the first victim, bridge access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout the project.

1st street between Alameda and Vignes will be open for business and resident access, and those traveling between Downtown’s Arts District/Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights will be detoured to Cesar Chavez Ave.

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