Metro preps DTLA streets for construction of Regional Connector
A rendering for the new Regional Connector project. Work begins today on the relocation of utilities along the Connector's path.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Starting Friday morning, Metro will begin relocating utilities throughout Downtown in order to make way for construction of the Regional Connector. The Connector project, which will connect the Metro Gold Line, Blue Line and Expo Line, includes laying 1.9 miles of new track and creating three new light-rail stations to create what Metro has dubbed a "one seat ride."
“The Regional Connector will connect transit riders from East LA to Santa Monica and from the San Gabriel Valley to Long Beach - without a single transfer," said Mayor Villaraigosa in a statement.
Friday morning crews will begin relocating telecommunication lines along Spring Street, near where the new 2nd and Broadway station is slated to go.
"Today’s advance utility work in Downtown Los Angeles marks the beginning of an improved, integrated transit system for the entire county,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair, Michael D. Antonovich, in a statement.
The relocation process is expected to continue though April 2013. Affected areas will include: 2nd Street between Hill and Main streets, Broadway between 1st and 3rd streets, Spring Street between 1st and 3rd Streets, and Hill Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.
Throughout this time crews will be removing and re-installing power, sewer, phone, cable and other telecommunications lines. This utility relocation process was expected to begin in August but according to Metro officials, for the last few months they have only been doing preliminary work -- such as utility surveys and pothole investigations.
If all goes as scheduled and Metro secures the rest of the necessary federal funding, construction on the track and the three new stations could begin as early as the end of 2013. The Regional Connector is expected to be up-and-running by 2019.