Expo Rail Line Watch: Bridge O’er La Brea

Expo Line bridge across La Brea, southbound toward the airport

Expo Line bridge across La Brea, southbound toward the airport

For months now, construction workers have built the massive framework of the Expo Rail Line closer and closer to La Brea Avenue.   When a sign went up last week saying La Brea would be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Oct. 9, I knew they were about to build the bridge right over the road.   And it’s happened! As of Sunday morning, the rough framework is now halfway across — spanning the southbound lanes, but not yet the northbound. 

La Brea northbound, with Expo rail bridge poised to cross

La Brea northbound, with Expo rail bridge poised to cross

The Expo line, an above ground light rail line with elevated crossings at La Brea and La Cienega, was slated to open in summer 2010, less than a year from now, but the latest word is that the opening may be delayed until late in 2011.  The 8.6-mile rail line, budgeted at $862 million, will run from Culver City to the 7th and Metro station downtown, connecting to the Red Line into Hollywood and all the rest of the subway and rail system.

La Brea southbound, from directly under the beams of the Expo Rail line

La Brea southbound, from directly under the beams of the Expo Rail line

It’s a huge project, and it seems like a significant milestone to me that from now on, everyone taking La Brea to the airport will pass underneath it.  I’ll post again as it progresses.  For now, here’s a link to video posted by the MTA showing a very cool simulation of the way this system is project to look once it’s up and running.

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