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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) earlier this week completed decking for the planned Wilshire/Rodeo subway station on the Purple Line extension seven months ahead of schedule.
The project completion was expedited due to a two-and-a-half-month street closure made possible by reduced traffic as a result of the countywide COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
During that time, LA Metro’s contractor, the Tutor Perini/O&G joint venture, accelerated the installation of hundreds of steel beams called piles below Wilshire Boulevard. The piles provide the support structure for future excavation of the subway station box.
The contractor then expedited decking, a construction process that entails excavating the street and replacing it with temporary concrete panels supported by large steel beams. The panels will serve as a temporary roadway that will allow traffic to continue above while construction work continues below.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decking project was anticipated to be performed during weekend closures from August 2020 through January 2021.
The Purple Line extension will extend LA Metro’s subway nine miles from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western Station to the Westwood/VA Hospital. The project is being built in three sections. Section 2 to Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City Constellation is scheduled to open in 2025.