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Need to Get to LAX Late July? A Bridge Demo May Cause Serious Delays

Like other major projects that have gone before it, this one to demolish a defunct railroad bridge at Century and Aviation boulevards has a name too: "Century Crunch."

Los Angeles International Airport. Patch file photo.
Los Angeles International Airport. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 2:36 p.m. June 23, 2014. Edited to fix an error made by City News Service.

People expecting to travel to Los Angeles International Airport the last weekend of July may want to plan ahead, with local transportation officials warning today that a bridge-demolition project will close a portion of Century Boulevard for 57 hours.

A Metro contractor will begin demolishing a defunct railroad bridge at Century and Aviation boulevards at 9 p.m. July 25, clearing the site for a Crenshaw/LAX light rail line station. Century Boulevard will remain blocked until 6 a.m. July 28.

Metro officials said an estimated 92,800 motorists travel through the Century/Aviation intersection on a daily basis. They have dubbed the demolition project "Century Crunch," urging motorists to plan ahead and avoid the area if at all possible.

The Crenshaw/LAX line will connect the Metro Green and Expo lines, with an anticipated opening in 2019.

"Angelenos, we've been through this before, and we're asking for your patience as we tear down an old bridge to make way for a state-of-the-art light rail system," said County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Metro Board of Directors. 

"So we're asking you to re-route your drive for two days at the end of July. In return, we're going to build you a system that will ultimately connect our urban center to LAX and the South Bay."

With Century Boulevard blocked, motorists heading toward LAX that weekend will be diverted north on La Cienega Boulevard, west on Manchester Avenue, then south on Airport Boulevard, back to Century. Motorists leaving LAX will take the same detour in reverse.

Lanes will also be reduced on Aviation Boulevard during the demolition.

Metro officials also noted that once the bridge is demolished, Century Boulevard will remain reduced by one lane in each direction for the next 16 months, leaving three lanes each way.

The 8.5-mile, $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX line will run from the Metro Expo line at Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards and connect with the Green line near the airport.

--City News Service


Eric June 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM
I think the bigger story is LA is finally getting a metro line to the airport. Probably where the metro should have started - from there to downtown LA....hmm, sounds like every other major city in the word. Go figure.
Flaming Oh June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I hear that Nestle will sue.
Jesse Heiman June 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Now we just need them to put a line under the hill from studio city/Sherman oaks to Beverly Hills

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