Regional Connector Work to Begin

Preliminary rendering of the proposed Regional Connector station at Second Street, between Broadway and Spring Street.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The proposed Regional Connector is not scheduled to open until 2019, but the impacts will soon be felt.

On Friday, Dec. 14, crews will begin work to relocate underground utilities along a portion of the route of the $1.34 billion transit link that will tunnel through Downtown.

Metro says that this portion of work, which will last through next April, will require intermittent lane closures and traffic detours in the area of Second Street between Hill and Main streets; and Broadway, Spring and Main streets between First and Third streets.

The work will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

The project entails digging trenches in order to relocate telecommunication utilities and install conduit and new underground vaults. Crosswalks will occasionally be closed, but no more than one crosswalk will be closed at any intersection at a time, a Metro spokesperson said.

Bus stops near construction areas will be temporarily relocated during project hours. Information about bus stop relocations is available by calling (213) 922-7277 or emailing regionalconnector@metro.net.