Expo Santa Monica Construction Will Snarl Traffic, Metro Warns

Portable signs Saturday warned drivers on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway that major construction is about to close lanes—and likely cause congestion—at the western end of the freeway starting Tuesday.

Construction of the new Expo Line tracks will cause lane closures along Colorado Avenue one block north of the freeway, Metro officials said.

Downtown Street Will Close for Expo Work

A new train station will be built on Colorado Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, forcing the permanent closure of eastbound Colorado at Fourth starting Tuesday.

Eventually, track-laying will also cross Lincoln Boulevard and 11th Street, the only two streets that cross the freeway near downtown Santa Monica.

Metro officials are warning freeway motorists that congestion could increase at the 4th-5th Streets exits starting Tuesday, and spill over to the crowded
Lincoln interchange as a result.

Expo Line construction is expected to finish in 2015, and after six months of testing passenger service will be extended west from the current temporary terminus at Culver City. Metro officials think 64,000 passengers a day will eventually patronize the train and its 46-minute trips between downtown Los Angeles and the beach.

Glenn E Grab February 17, 2013 at 04:02 PM
this is going to be a 3 year long nightmare
Glenn E Grab February 18, 2013 at 04:51 PM
yesterday at 3 in the afternoon it took an hour to get from culver city to the third street promenade....I saw at least 20 busses, mostly empty, or with one or two passengers..in the area....
anne February 19, 2013 at 06:17 PM
On a holiday Monday it took 25 mins from 4th and Pico to Colorada and 4th normally a 5mins at the most trip it is only the beginning of the 3 year awful nightmare of traffic
JB February 20, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Well sounds like it will be smart to Get off at Bundy or Cloverfield and find a stealth route on the side streets that avoids traffic JB
Dwight Sturtevant February 20, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Well the Work will be done in 2015 last time i checked that is 2-Years
Dwight Sturtevant February 20, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Expo phase-2 to be turned over to metro some time in 2015 if all go's well so folks that is only 2-years or less that Colorado will be a mess


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