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When work began on the North Hollywood extension of the Los Angeles Metro three years ago, there was immense pressure on the joint construction managers, JMA joint venture and Parsons/ Dillingham joint venture. Not only did they have to construct 7.5km of dual-bore tunnel through both soft and hard ground and build three stations - one directly beneath Hollywood Boulevard - they also had to ensure that the project was completed on time, on budget and without a whiff of corruption.