Crenshaw-to-LAX Construction Updates

Progress continues on construction of the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line. Here are some updates:

Help is on the way to support small businesses on the corridor with the establishment of a Business Assistance Center that should be up and running this fall. The center will provide a meeting space, walk-in center and hands-on, customized assistance to business owners. In addition, door-to-door outreach will take place for businesses along the at-grade portion of construction on Crenshaw between 48th and 59th streets to let them know of available resources. Signage also has been posted along the construction corridor to showcase businesses that are open, the importance of shopping local during construction and where parking is located.

In other news, the next major location for street closures will begin Friday, September 12 through Saturday night, September 13. A long term traffic reconfiguration will be implemented on Crenshaw Boulevard to support the construction of the Leimert Park station and tunnel, where two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction. During the first phase of construction, a temporary work zone and fencing will be established on the west side of the street between 43rd Street and Vernon Avenue.

“It is of the utmost importance to me that we help the businesses and the community endure these months of construction,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who authored the motion to establish resources for local businesses impacted by the construction. “This is a project that will bring many benefits once it is completed, but we need to make sure that businesses can thrive along the way.”

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