By Matthew Sanderson, September 17, 2013
Ten days of exploratory drilling required for Metro's Westside Subway Extension project in Beverly Hills has city officials asking the impacts come at a minimum to nearby residents.
The city council approved the permits for Metro at its Sept. 10 meeting with a restriction that the drilling only impacts one Sunday.
The work happens between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on week days but the dates and weekend times are not set, an official from Metro said. In its resolution, the council noted that Metro will have to come back to them if a second Sunday is needed for drilling.
Metro says the drilling is required to locate 19 tieback anchors, or horizontal wires, extended from 8536 Wilshire Blvd. for temporary shoring in preparation for building the La Cienega Station along the Westside Subway Extension.
Mayor John A. Mirisch said if 10 days are needed for the work, two Sundays should not be "destroyed" by loud boring noises, noting quality of life concerns for residents on Le Doux Road and Stanley Drive.
Prior to the council's approval, Mirisch told the Metro representative the city would like to know the history of the nearby buildings on Wilshire with tieback anchors and the impacts of hitting tieback anchors from drilling.