WEST HOLLYWOOD (The Source) — Pile installation to create the support structure for the Wilshire/Rodeo station on the Purple Line Extension’s second section is expected to begin on September 23. When it comes to subway construction, pile installation typically marks the beginning of major construction since large construction equipment is noticeable on the street and work occurs throughout the day.
During pile installation, a rig is used to drill 100-foot deep holes into the ground. A crane then places a steel beam known as a ‘pile’ into each hole. After the pile is put in place, each hole is filled with concrete to provide support for the perimeter of the station box during excavation of the Wilshire/Rodeo subway station. A total of 288 piles will be needed to form that perimeter.
The construction activity will begin on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard between Beverly Drive and Crescent Drive. When that work is done, the equipment will be relocated to the south side of Wilshire to continue the same operations. A K-rail barrier will be in place 24/7 during the work to provide safety and noise mitigation.
Wilshire Boulevard will be open to two lanes of traffic in each direction during this work. Weekend closures will be required at Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive and at Wilshire Boulevard and South Cañon Drive to complete pile installation in the intersections. Area residents can get the latest info on street closures and construction impacts here https://www.metro.net/projects/westside/notices/.
Metro’s contractor Tutor-Perini/ O & G (TPOG) will take approximately three to four months on each side of the street to complete the work. TPOG installed a four-way traffic signal at Clifton Way and Crescent Drive and closed North Cañon Drive at Wilshire Boulevard to mitigate traffic impacts during major construction.
The Wilshire/Rodeo Station box will be located under Wilshire Boulevard from Beverly Drive to just west of Crescent Drive and will be 990 feet long, 70 feet wide and 90 feet deep. One station entrance is planned on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive. A second entrance is currently being proposed by the city of Beverly Hills on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard and is in the public comment part of the environmental review process.
The Purple Line Extension project will extend the subway from Wilshire/Western for nine miles to the Westwood VA Hospital. The project is being built in three phases — the first section to Wilshire/La Cienega (expected opening in 2023) and the second section to Century City (2025) are now under heavy construction and early work is being done on the third section to the Westwood VA Hospital (2025 and which includes a station at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards).
Construction Worker Falls Down Embankment in Hollywood Hills
HOLLYWOOD HILLS — At 7:20AM on April 13, 2020 the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to reports of a person down a hillside in the 6900 block of W Oporto Drive in Hollywood, in the Outpost Estates neighborhood.
Firefighters arrived to find an approximately 30yo male construction worker who fell 30-40 feet down a steep hillside (about 45 degrees).
Firefighters used a two line rope system to safely reach the patient, packaged him into a litter basket and then walked the litter basket back up the hillside.
Due to limited access for fire apparatus and the position of the incident/vehicles, crews used a civilian vehicle as an anchor point for the capston winch (owner on scene and aware). The change of direction was route via the nearest engine and the patient was safely raised back up the hillside and transported to the hospital.
The patient suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Cal-OSHA notified as per protocol for workplace injury. No further details were provided.
The incident was handled by Fire Station 41; Battalion 5; West Bureau; Council District 4; BC5 E227 E41 E482 E76 EM18 EM5 HR3 RA27 RA76 T27 UR88; CH7; 12;
Traffic Court Hearings Scheduled Through April 16 Postponed
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile for the County of Los Angeles, Superior Court announced that effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction court hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, scheduled between March 17 to April 16, 2020, will be continued for at least 30 days under the emergency order he issued in response to COVID-19-related impacts on Trial Court operations.
“Pursuant to the inherent statutory power I have as the Presiding Judge and the emergency powers granted to me by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye under Government Code Section 68115, I am ordering a continuance of all Traffic and Non-Traffic matters countywide through April 16,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “It is imperative that we, the nation’s largest trial court, continue to prioritize time-sensitive and essential functions to serve our most vulnerable as we reorganize and reduce our trial court operations and focus on ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Any Traffic Infraction matters, and all other Infraction matters heard in our Traffic Infraction courts on the date between March 17 through April 16, 2020, will be continued to a later date. This action is authorized under the General Order Judge Brazile signed March 17 to close all courtrooms except to process cases presenting time-sensitive issues and essential functions.
“We will continue to operate our court and reorganize our responsibilities based upon balancing public health directives and meeting our statutory and constitutional due process requirements,” Judge Brazile said. “I do not make these decisions lightly. In this national public health crisis, we must prioritize emergency services and access to justice for the most vulnerable people in our communities while implementing social distancing measures in our courthouses.”
People who had court hearing dates between March 17 and April 16 for Traffic Infraction and Non-Traffic Infraction hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, will receive updated Court notices by mail.
More than one million Traffic Infraction matters (971,818 Traffic citations, and 37,283 Non-Traffic citations) are filed annually in the Court, including citations for Vehicle Code and Non-Traffic-related Infractions.
Traffic Infraction matters are heard at the following courthouses: Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Inglewood, Metropolitan, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Van Nuys West, and West Covina.
Many traffic matters can be handled without an in-person court appearance by using the Court’s website at: http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic2.aspx.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has over 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.
For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage, and follow us on Twitter.
Valet Crashes Mustang Into West Hollywood Home, Officials Say
WEST HOLLYWOOD (KABC) — If you’re reluctant to leave your keys with a valet, this might not make you feel any better.
A Mustang, apparently driven by a valet from a nearby business, ended up in a smashed-up wreck against the front of a house in West Hollywood, officials say.
Video from the scene shows the muscle car lodged in the outside front entranceway of the home, after taking out an exterior column. The front of the car suffered extensive damage.
The Mustang carried vanity plates that read (heart) RDWINE. Officials say there is no indication of DUI.
The incident happened Wednesday night near the 8700 block of Rosewood […]
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