Skip to Content
Streetsblog California home
Streetsblog California home
Log In
LA Metro

Eyes on the Street: Construction of Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown LA

It has been just a couple of months since SBLA checked in on Regional Connector construction, but editor Joe Linton was downtown and has his hands full researching some big stories, so below are more recent photos of the Regional Connector Grand/Bunker Hill Station pedestrian bridge to Grand Avenue.

Metro’s 1.9-mile $1.8 billion downtown L.A. Regional Connector light rail subway is now expected to open around late August 2022. The new tracks will tie together the Metro A (Blue), E (Expo), and L (Gold) Lines to offer one-seat travel from East L.A. to Santa Monica and from Azusa to Long Beach. There will be three new stations: Grand Avenue Arts/Bunker Hill, Historic Broadway (at 2nd Street), and a new underground station replacing the now-demolished former Little Tokyo/Arts District station.

Most of the construction for the project has been underground, including deep pits at each of the stations. The pit under Bunker Hill was the deepest of them all.

The future Grand Avenue station site, 110 feet below the back of the Broad Museum
The future Grand Avenue station site back in 2017. The back of the Broad Museum is visible at the top of photo.
false

That Bunker Hill pit is no longer a pit. Construction at the surface there (on Hope Street at 2nd Street, essentially directly behind the Broad Museum) is now one of the best places where the public (and Streetsblog editors) can see project progress.

Here is what the future station will look like:

Additional rendering of xxxx
Metro rendering of Regional Connector Grand Avenue station, with bridge extended to the back of The Broad museum. Rendering via Urbanize
false

See more Grand Avenue station renderings at this earlier SBLA post.

Here is what the site looked like yesterday.

View of Regional Connector bridge to Grand xxxx
View of construction of Regional Connector bridge to Grand Avenue (note Disney Hall on the right). View is similar to the rendering above - looking north from Hope Street near 3rd Street.
false
xxx
View of Regional Connector Grand Avenue bridge construction - looking south from Hope, near First Street
false
xxxx
View of Regional Connector Grand Avenue/Bunker Hill Station - looking south from Flower Street. The Broad is visible on the left.
false
xxx
View of Regional Connector bridge construction - looking west from the back of The Broad museum.
false

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog California

Port Lobbyists Trying to Kill Bike and Pedestrian Safety in Oakland

Trucking/port lobbyists want to destroy a long-established plan to build protected bike lanes connecting Jack London Square, West Oakland, and downtown

July 12, 2024

Friday Video: Take a Spin on Boston’s Electric Cargo Bike Share

Can't afford a $7,000 Urban Arrow cargo e-bike ? In Boston, you can now rent one for just a few bucks.

July 12, 2024

Friday’s Headlines

5 recommendations for high-speed rail; Caltrans, stop building new freeway lanes already; "Data bikes" can collect information about bike path conditions; More

July 12, 2024

Next Week: Active Transportation Program Workshop

The good news is that there will be a Cycle 7. But it will be small, and there will be hard choices about what gets funded.

July 11, 2024

Metro and Caltrans Still Planning 605 Expansion, Plus Four Connecting Freeways

Metro and Caltrans are planning to spend billions of dollars widening the 605, 5, 10, 60 and 105 Freeways. Really.

July 11, 2024
See all posts