Some good news for the Purple Line Extension project. Metro has finished decking for the Wilshire/Rodeo station in Beverly Hills seven months ahead of schedule.
According to a post from Metro’s The Source, this is because the city of Beverly Hills was able to close a portion of Wilshire Blvd. thanks to reduced traffic due to COVID-19. This stretch of Wilshire between Crescent and El Camino drives reopened on June 14.
What does decking mean? It’s essentially a process where workers excavate a street and replace it with a temporary street. Then, traffic can pass overhead while construction work is done below.
Metro had originally anticipated doing the decking work between August 2020 and January 2021, only closing Wilshire over the weekends. But as people followed the Stay at Home orders, thus reducing traffic citywide, Beverly Hills approved Metro’s request for an earlier closure in late March.
It’ll still be some time before you can take the train to Beverly Hills. The Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City stations aren’t expected to open until 2025. The first section of the extension, which includes the Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, and Wilshire/La Cienega stations, is scheduled to open in 2023.
You can read more about the recent construction work in Beverly Hills and see a video of how it was done on Metro’s The Source here.