And we have a new tunnel!

On April 7, Metro’s tunnel boring machine completed the second tunnel for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line. The below video shows the machine, dubbed “Harriet” by the transit authority, chewing through the final wall of rock and dirt.

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Work on the second tunnel began on November 29 connecting “the future Expo/Crenshaw Station at Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards to the Leimert Park Station at Crenshaw and 43rd.” Harriet excavated roughly 60 feet of the one-mile tunnel per day. A total of 144,250 cubic yards of soil were removed as the machine progressed.

If you’ve been following Harriet on Twitter you likely knew this moment was close at hand. Here’s a second video from the machine’s twitter feed:

 

Harriet the Borer completes second tunnelJose Ubaldo/Metro

The full project is expected to be finished in late-2019. Once finished, the Crenshaw/LAX Line will connect 8.5 miles between the Green Line and the Expo Line. The eight new stations on the line are listed below.

1. Expo/Crenshaw
2. Martin Luther King Jr.
3. Leimert Park
4. Hyde Park
5. Fairview Heights
6. Downtown Inglewood
7. Westchester/Veterans
8. Aviation/Century

A team of 75 construction workers operated the machine over three shifts, five days a week. As the below photo shows, they’re understandably happy about this recent breakthrough.

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[Featured Image by Jose Ubaldo/Metro]


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