City streets are designed to incorporate and provide utility services such as electricity, water, gas, cable, and telecommunications.
Prior to the start of construction, any utility services which could be impacted by tunnel or station construction are relocated to ensure continued service. Relocating utilities is an expected and important step in preparing for construction of tunnels and stations.
In preparation for construction of Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension in Beverly Hills (along Wilshire Boulevard between San Vicente and La Cienega Boulevards), underground utilities are being relocated. The work is being completed by a combination of contractors working for Metro, and in some cases, the utility companies.
This Advanced Utility Relocation (AUR) work began in November 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year (December 2016). Utility related construction is in progress along Wilshire Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, and along cross-streets north and south of Wilshire Boulevard, including La Cienega Boulevard, Hamilton Drive, Gale Drive, Hamilton Drive, and Tower Drive.
The project is in compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement executed between Metro and the City of Beverly Hills in an effort to minimize its impacts to Beverly Hills residents and businesses. This work will be completed in December 2016, in preparation for the start of the Wilshire/La Cienega Station construction in early 2017. Metro has received all required permits and approvals from the City to conduct the advanced utility relocation work.
The Purple Line Extension Section 1 is anticipated to open in late 2023. Construction on the Wilshire/La Cienega Station will begin in early 2017 with installation of construction piles along each side of Wilshire Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Tower Drive and across Wilshire Boulevard at each end. The piles will support the shoring and decking that will facilitate excavation between La Cienega Boulevard and Tower Drive to accommodate the 1,000-feet long station box.
Once the decking is in place across Wilshire Boulevard, excavation for and construction of the Wilshire/La Cienega Station will continue for the next 4 years beneath the deck. Tunneling will begin in Los Angeles at the Wilshire/Fairfax Station and will conclude at the Wilshire/La Cienega Station in Beverly Hills.