The future is here: Mid-Wilshire-ish residents are starting to feel real construction impacts from work on the Purple Line extension to Beverly Hills (and eventually Westwood). Windsor Village residents were surprised when a two-story, 20-foot high soundwall went up suddenly last month at the southwest corner of Wilshire and Lorraine boulevards—before the community was briefed on noise, light, and traffic mitigation measures related to underground utility relocation. Metro later apologized for failing to warn residents about the wall, saying they were trying to get it up fast and the builder constructed it without sending notice. All in all, Metro seems to be handling the many requests from tony Windsor Villagers well; they include keeping the area around the wall clean, adding garbage cans, keeping truck traffic as quiet as possible, and taking down Metro signage from the Lorraine side of the soundwall. Metro will pick a contractor this year to build the actual subway tunnel and stations, with the first phase opening to La Cienega in 2023. To the future contractor: Godspeed.
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