Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Weekend lane closures along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area have ended six weeks earlier than anticipated, with crews completing decking work on the Purple Line subway extension’s La Brea station, Metro announced Monday.

A Metro contractor has finished excavating a stretch of Wilshire and replacing it with concrete decking, so that further construction could be done underground, officials said.

Metro originally planned to do the decking work over 22 weekends, beginning in June and lasting into November.

“The early conclusion of weekend street closures marks an important early milestone for the project, and re-confirms Metro’s commitment to minimize construction impacts to the public,” said Metro board Chair John Fasana, a Duarte city councilman. “Closing down a section of Wilshire Boulevard, one of the busiest urban corridors in the country, can pose a real challenge.”

Street closures are expected to continue intermittently at Wilshire and La Brea for station excavation, deck opening and street restoration.

The work is part of the $6.3 billion extension of the Metro Purple Line beyond its terminus at Wilshire and Western Avenue. The extension will stretch the line west to Wilshire and La Cienega and is expected to be open by 2023.

—City News Service

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