Part of Central Avenue in Little Tokyo to Be Closed for 2 Weeks

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Metro construction site on First Street between Central and Alameda in Little Tokyo. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Metro construction site on First Street between Central and Alameda in Little Tokyo. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Metro’s Regional Connector Transit Project has announced that Central Avenue between First and Second streets in Little Tokyo will be closed starting Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 a.m. for pile and deck installation in preparation for the construction of future First/Central Station.

The closure will remain in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week for approximately two weeks. Anticipated hours of construction are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Activities include sawcutting, trench excavation, survey of underground utilities, backfill, pile drilling and installation of piles and temporary street deck. Noiser activities such as sawcutting, jackhammering, and pile drilling will be performed during daytime hours only. Noise barriers will be installed around the work zone.

Local access to Japanese Village Plaza and Hikari Apartments parking garages will be maintained at all times at the Second/Central intersection.

Through traffic along First Street will be maintained during this activity.

The sidewalks on Central just south of First may be intermittently restricted. Local pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

The east side crosswalk at the First/Central intersection may be restricted during work hours. The sightseeing bus zone on Central south of First will be temporarily relocated.

Street parking on westbound First, just west of Central, will be restricted during this activity.

Access to businesses and driveways, pedestrian access outside the construction zone and emergency access will be maintained.

Northbound through traffic on Central will be detoured at the Second/Central intersection: right onto Second, left onto Alameda to First; or left onto Second, right onto San Pedro to First.

Southbound through traffic on Central will be detoured at the First/Central intersection: westbound traffic on First will be detoured left onto San Pedro, left onto Second, right onto southbound Central; eastbound traffic on First will be detoured right onto Alameda, right onto Second, left onto southbound Central.

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. For the latest construction updates, call (213) 922-7277 or visit www.metro.net/projects/connector/. The website includes links to Facebook and Twitter.

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