BEVERLY HILLS—As things kick-off for the North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction project, the city of Beverly Hills will have a City contractor perform exploratory work along the street to verify and locate existing utilities under the roadway.

According to a press release from Therese Kosterman, Public Information Officer for the city of Beverly Hills, starting on Saturday, May 14 and lasting for 3 weeks, one traffic lane will be closed intermittently to allow for such exploratory work to be performed.

Lane closures will be reduced to one lane in one direction (eastbound or westbound) at a time. Those lane closures between Wilshire Boulevard and Rexford Drive will occur Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lance closures between Rexford and Doheny Drives will occur Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and/or weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The North Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction project is expected to break ground later this summer. The project will completely rebuild the roadway between Doheny Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Such improvements include “green street” drainage, new decorative street lights, drought tolerant landscaping and widening a portion of the roadway on the south side between Canon Drive and Wilshire Boulevard.