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Metro begins months of closures at downtown LA's 2nd and Spring intersection

File: A photo of downtown Los Angeles. The intersection of 2nd and Spring streets will be closed most of Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 to make way for construction of an underground Metro station, and will be closed on weekends for months after that.
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File: A photo of downtown Los Angeles. The intersection of 2nd and Spring streets will be closed most of Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 to make way for construction of an underground Metro station, and will be closed on weekends for months after that.

The intersection of 2nd and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles will be closed most of Saturday — and starting next week, the intersection will be closed all weekend for months.

The closure runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Metro's construction schedule. Saturday's construction marks the beginning of a four-month series of closures in the area. Starting Friday, Dec. 9 and continuing until March, the Spring and 2nd Street intersection will be closed from Fridays at 6 p.m. until Mondays at 5 a.m

Metro's construction map outlines this weekend's downtown street closures:

Map

Metro spokesman Rick Jager told KPCC that Metro will use the Saturday closure to reconfigure traffic lanes and install railing for the regional connector project — all in preparation for more construction to come.

"[The closures] are a necessity for us," Jager said. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

As Metro's regional connector project comes together, drivers and pedestrians should prepare for even more downtown street closures, Jager said. The project includes three new underground stations in the area, including at 1st and Central, 2nd and Broadway, and 2nd and Hope. Those areas will experience more closures down the line.

Jager said the closures will be an inconvenience to locals, but nothing too bad. With lighter weekend traffic, local access will be relatively normal through the next few months, he said. Metro bus operations and other transit services will have to take alternate routes. Bus stop relocation information will be posted at downtown stops.

Local businesses will also remain open throughout the construction, Jager added.

He suggests motorists take Temple Street over to Hill Street to 4th Street, then back to Spring in order to avoid the closed lanes. 

"We appreciate their patience," Jager said.