Travel delays to Westwood likely during subway construction project

Illustration of Metro's purple line subway extension Westwood. Courtesy of Metro.
Courtesy of Metro

(Updated May 27, 2022)

Street lane reductions resulting from Metro’s Purple Line subway extension project may cause delays for travelers trying to reach Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Medical Plaza complex and other UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine facilities in Westwood.

Patients, visitors, staff and students are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes.

Based on current progress, Metro expects planned lane closures and other significant traffic impacts to ease before the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, Nov. 24. The Purple Line subway extension is currently scheduled to open for service in 2027.

On weekends from approximately mid-August through at least October 2022, all westbound lanes of Wilshire Boulevard in the vicinity of Westwood Boulevard are expected to be closed, Metro says. For eastbound traffic, no left turns will be permitted onto Gayley or Westwood.

Detours around the area will be in place. Westwood Boulevard and Galey and Veteran avenues will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic.

Travelers should be prepared for additional impacts elsewhere in the area, including occasional closures of 405 Freeway on- and off-ramps during off-peak hours.

Metro notes that construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change.

Ambulance and other emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Commuting information is available on the UCLA Transportation website.

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