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Colorado Intersection Closures Planned for Expo Work

Crews will relocate utilities along the rail corridor in Santa Monica starting Monday through March 29 of next year.

Underground utilities along Colorado Avenue will be dug up and relocated starting Monday and into the spring as construction continues to bring the Expo Light Rail to Santa Monica.

Various intersections between Fourth and 17th streets will close intermittently Sept. 17 through March 29, 2013, but eastbound and westbound lanes will remain open during peak traffic hours, according to a construction notice from the Expo Authority.

According to the notice, major work will include cutting and uprooting pavement, excavating soil, installing new utilities and re-pouring asphalt. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Saturdays.

Once the second phase of the line from to just near the beach in Santa Monica is operational in 2016, trains will stop at three stations along Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 17th streets. The $2.4 billion line ends in downtown Los Angeles.

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Elsewhere across the Westside, tracks will be constructed above street level. Construction is already underway to build a bridge over Olympic Boulevard at Centinela Avenue in West Los Angeles and an overpass is being erected next to the old Southern Pacific rail bridge over National Boulevard in Palms.

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