‘Century Crunch’ Bridge Demolition Near LAX Gets Underway
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 57-hour bridge demolition and major street closure of one of the busiest entrances to the Los Angeles International Airport is taking place this weekend.
The “Century Crunch” has shut down the corner of Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard as an old railroad bridge is demolished to make room for a new Crenshaw/LAX light-rail station.
Demolition of the bridge is being streamed live online.
Century Boulevard will be closed at the intersection with Aviation Boulevard through 6 a.m. Monday. The southbound Aviation Boulevard lane will be closed between Arbor Vitae and 104th Street.
Metro officials have deployed a new Mobile Command Center to ease the flow of traffic around the key intersection.
Officials say the intersection of Century and Aviation is extremely busy, with nearly 93,000 motorists traveling through the Century/Aviation intersection on a typical day using airport shuttle buses, municipal buses, and taxis, as well as other vehicles traveling to and from the airport.
The public is being strongly advised in advance to plan ahead, allow extra travel time, use recommended detours and utilize public transportation to avoid potentially severe traffic congestion that could cause missed domestic and international flights.
For more information on the closure, visit Metro online.