The Purple Line subway extension began construction this past November after decades of planning and arguing, with a short stretch that'll take the line along Wilshire Boulevard, from Western Avenue in Koreatown to La Cienega just inside Beverly Hills (it will eventually stretch to Westwood). The 3.9-mile jaunt will have three stations—one each at La Brea, Fairfax, and La Cienega. How do you build a subway station under busy Wilshire Boulevard? Metro gave a community presentation recently, digging into the nuts and bolts of when utilities will be moved, the ideal construction schedule, and updates on what's already been done at the Wilshire/La Brea station site, but the star of the show must have been this animated video showing how part of the station-building process will work.
As seen on The Source, the video gives a play-by-play of what will happen at street-level and below, and how it will affect drivers, pedestrians, and residents. The construction stage shown in the video, "pile and street decking," isn't scheduled to start until sometime around the end of this year; the video does an excellent job illustrating what will be going on once it begins.
· Recap of Metro's first Purple Line Extension community meeting of 2015 [The Source]
· Here's the Timeline for Purple Line Subway Work About to Begin [Curbed LA]
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