Starting Saturday, a busy block in downtown Los Angeles will be closed for five months due to work on a Metro project.
Sixth Street between Flower and Hope streets will be closed to all traffic from Saturday, June 3, to Nov. 4.
The closure is needed so that the roadway can be removed and three underground utility vaults relocated in connection with the Regional Connector transit project, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Sixth Street off-ramp from the southbound 110 Freeway will be closed, with a detour to the Fourth Street exit. The northbound Sixth Street freeway off-ramp will be reduced from two lanes to one; motorists should use the Ninth Street exit to avoid delays.
Eastbound surface-street traffic will be detoured to southbound Bixel Street and eastbound Seventh Street to Olive Street and then back to Sixth Street.
Joshua Klein, who lives and owns a business in downtown Los Angeles, said the closure is going to add more traffic to his daily commute.
"I live here on Sixth Street so when I can't literally get off here I know I have to go get off on Fourth or pass it and get off on Olympic. That's another 20 minutes out of everyday," Klein told KTLA.
Local access will be available for the AON Center, Pegasus garage and The Standard Hotel.
Work will go on seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight.
"It's happening for a very good reason," Metro spokeswoman Kim Upton told KTLA. "We're advancing on construction of the regional connector light-rail line that's going to connect all of our light-rail lines in downtown Los Angeles and this is excellent news for commuters."
The Regional Connector is nearly $1.8 billion project to connect the Blue, Expo and Gold lines via a 1.9 underground light-rail extension. Three new stations will be built as part of the project, which is expected to be complete by 2021.