A new signalized intersection at Soto and Norfolk streets is now open, easing traffic and providing an additional entrance to the Health Sciences Campus.

The completed intersection signals another milestone in the HSC Beautification Project — a multiyear construction initiative that includes 12 phases across the 79 acres of campus.

“Keck Medicine of USC is experiencing a time of tremendous growth, both in patient volume and in building new facilities,” said Rod Hanners, CEO of Keck Medical Center of USC. “This work is being done to build Keck Medicine of USC into a leader of cutting-edge research and world-class health care for generations to come.”

The next phase of the beautification project includes modifying traffic lanes on San Pablo Street and Zonal Avenue. These modifications will be in place through Jan. 29 to accommodate construction on the east side of San Pablo Street and south side of Zonal Avenue, said Kelly Estes, senior capital construction project manager.

In order to maintain two-way traffic in the affected areas, parking meters have been taken down and “Tow Away, No Stopping Any Time” signs have been posted. Towing will be enforced.

Driveways to the Legacy parking lot and to the Parkview Lot P7 will remain open.

Traffic control officers from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation continue to assist with rush hour traffic flows at San Pablo Street intersections near HSC.

In September, the final steel beam was placed atop the Norris Healthcare Center, which will stand near the corner of Alcazar and San Pablo streets.

The Norris Healthcare Center will be dedicated to cancer treatment, with an ambulatory surgery center and a women’s cancer program. The building will also feature several new dining options. Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2016.

Additionally, occupancy of the new parking structure on San Pablo Street is expected to begin in January. The six-story structure will provide parking for day shift employees currently using the Keck Hospital structure.

With the opening of the new structure, the Keck Hospital structure will become a patient and visitor parking facility during daytime hours.

— Douglas Morino