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Metro Kicks Off Four Months Of Downtown Weekend Street Closures
We have good news and bad news.
I'm working on a Saturday, so we'll obviously start with the bad: the intersection of 2nd and Spring streets downtown will be closed today, and every weekend for the foreseeable future. According to KPCC, today's closure will run until 6 p.m., and then the intersection will be closed from Fridays at 6 p.m. until Mondays at 5 a.m for the next four months.
The good news is that the closures will not be for naught—Metro is currently at work on their Regional Connector Transit Project, which will add three new stations downtown and connect the Gold, Blue and Expo Lines, meaning you'll be able to travel from Azusa to Long Beach and/or East L.A. to Santa Monica without ever getting out of your seat. Pretty cool, right!?
According to The Source, the weekend street closures will extend on Spring Street from 1st Street to 3rd Street and on 2nd Street from Broadway to Main Street. Metro recommends that motorists use Hill Street on weekends to avoid delays, as indicated in Metro's detour map (see right).
Local businesses are expected to remain open during the closures, and Metro spokesman Rick Jager warned KPCC that motorists should prepare for even more downtown closures as work on the Regional Connector progresses.