Culver City Observer -

By Stephen Hadland
Observer Publisher 

MTA to Repair Culver EXPO Parking Lot


January 30, 2013

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has entered into a contract with All American Asphalt Company for improving the Culver City Expo Station Parking Lot which has deteriorated into a muddy mess since the station opened last June. The cost of the resurfacing project is estimated at $316,467.

According to the MTA, the Culver City Station parking lot was designed to be a temporary parking lot which would eventually be turned over to the City of Culver City for future development. For that reason the parking lot was sealed using a cost-effective material intended to last for the interim. However, the high demand for the parking lot exceeded all expectations and the sealer has been degraded in many places, creating a dust and walking issue.

Not only is the parking lot heavily used by commuters during the week the Culver City Police Department issued alerts during USC home football games on Saturdays warming drivers that vehicles parked on nearby city streets would be ticketed. The current lot has reached capacity three hours before each football game.

The MTA became aware of the problem and determined that it would be best to pave the parking lot with two to three inches of asphalt concrete in order to provide a smooth walking surface and minimize any possible dust pollution. It went through the bid process and received two competitive bids.

The contractor will be preparing the ground, hauling off any soil that cannot be reused, ensuring that the parking lot has 50 percent of the total parking available for patron use at all times, installing two to three inches of asphalt concrete and restriping the parking lot.

The parking lot improvements work is expected to be substantially complete by June 30.


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