LOS ANGELES — No delays are expected to result from the revocation of a permit that allowed around the clock construction on the Expo Line that will come to Santa Monica in its second phase. However, delays may occur if the second phase’s environmental impact report does not pass its Feb. 4 review.
Rick Thorpe, Expo Authority CEO, said he is optimistic that the Expo Construction Authority Board will approve the report, but that nothing is certain until all the public testimony is heard and the meeting is over.
If the board disapproves the report, portions would have to be redone, which could cause delays of eight to 10 months, Thorpe said.
“Obviously, Feb. 4 is a critical juncture in the project,” he said.
Although already a year behind schedule, Thorpe said everything now is on schedule to keep the project moving smoothly.
The Los Angeles Police Commission withdrew the construction permit due to noise complaints. Overnight work has been banned.
“Now they’re saying they want to know when we’re working, how many hours … and that the community has been notified,” said Thorpe. “All of which I think is reasonable and doable.”
The finished line will run from Downtown Los Angeles through Culver City and possibly along Colorado Avenue ending at Fourth Street in Downtown Santa Monica.