Crenshaw/LAX light rail construction to expand road closure

Construction for the metro rail line on Crenshaw blvd.

Construction for the metro rail line on Crenshaw blvd. (April 2014)

The final phase of the Crenshaw/LAX line construction will close down roads around Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Street starting June 7.

Excavation and decking for the underground Crenshaw/Vernon station of the newest Metro line will be taking place.

Crenshaw Boulevard will be closed for two weeks from Vernon Avenue to 43rd Street/Homeland Drive. It is expected to reopen on June 21.

West and eastbound traffic will remain open on 43rd St./Homeland Dr. and northbound travel on Crenshaw Blvd. will remain open from Stocker Street to 43rd St/Homeland Dr.

Southbound traffic on Crenshaw Blvd., however, will be restricted. Alternative routes for drivers headed in this direction include Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western and Vernon avenues. For northbound drivers, the parts of Crenshaw Blvd. closed down for construction, can be avoided by using Stocker street and 43rd/Homeland Dr.

Representatives from the Metro urged drivers to plan ahead, expecting that this phase of construction would cause traffic around popular destinations in South LA.

The West Angeles Church, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and other heavily frequented establishments are in the path of the construction. They will remain open during construction.

Traffic control measures and detour signs will be implemented.

The Crenshaw/LAX light rail will connect the Green and Expo light rail lines, serving the Crenshaw District, Inglewood, Westchester and surrounding area with eight stations throughout South L.A.

The project is slated for completion by 2019.

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