High above the traffic congestion of the 405 Freeway, an elevated viaduct for the $2-billion Crenshaw/LAX light rail line is beginning to take form.
According to a notice posted to Metro's website, crews from Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) are currently implementing cast-in-drilled-hole construction in preparation for the I-405 bridge's false work. WSCC recently assembled the rebar cage for a support pillar on the upcoming bridge, which will allow Crenshaw Line trains to safely bypass both a freeway offramp and the busy intersection of Florence Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard.
Other construction activities currently underway along the 8.5-mile route include tunneling and trenching along Crenshaw and Aviation Boulevards, and the formation of another bridge across Century Boulevard.
When completed in 2019, the Crenshaw Line will offer connections to Metro's Green and Expo Lines, as well as an automated people mover feeding into Los Angeles International Airport. Future extensions could push service further north to Wilshire Boulevard, and potentially Hollywood.