Demolition Planned at First and Central in Little Tokyo

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A rendering of the First and Central station of the Metro Regional Connector.

A rendering of the First and Central station of the Metro Regional Connector.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced the schedule for the demolition of buildings at the future site of the Regional Connector at First Street and Central Avenue in Little Tokyo.

Regional Connector Constructors (RCC) will be performing the abatement and demolition of two buildings in preparation for the construction of station.

Abatement of the existing buildings is anticipated to start Tuesday, Jan. 20, and will continue for approximately four days.

Following the abatement, demolition of the two buildings is anticipated to take place Monday, Jan. 26, and will continue for approximately three days.

After demolition is completed, haul-out of materials from the station site will start with an approximate duration of three weeks.

Work hours for all activities are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Crosswalks at the intersection of First and Alameda streets may be restricted during work hours. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside of the work zone. Access to businesses and driveways will be maintained.

During the demolition phase, single-curb lane restrictions will be in place on eastbound First Street between Central and Alameda; southbound Alameda, just south of First; and northbound Central, just south of First.

Additionally, during the demolition phase, sidewalks on eastbound First between Central and Alameda; southbound Alameda, just south of First; and northbound Central, just south of First may also be restricted during work hours. Pedestrians will be detoured outside of the work zone.

Work will be coordinated with other contractors in the area to minimize impacts to the community. Emergency access will be maintained.

Construction may result in changes to bus routes or stop locations. Metro will post signs at affected stops to advise of alternate boarding locations. Real-time information available at http://metro.net/service/advisories or (323) GOMETRO.

Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. Work activity is subject to weather conditions.

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