Century Crunch is Coming

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First there was “Carmageddon” and then its son, “Jamzilla.” Now, Angelenos need to brace for the “Century Crunch”—when a portion of Century Boulevard will be closed to permit the demolition of a defunct railroad bridge at the intersection of Century and Aviation Boulevards near the Los Angeles International Airport.

Beginning at 9 p.m., July 25, the bridge will be torn down to make way for a new state-of-the art elevated transit station for the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line that will connect the nearby Metro Green Line to the Expo Line in 2019. Demolition will continue for the next 57 hours, ending on July 28.

So prepare yourselves for inconvenience during the Century Crush weekend. Century Crunch 1The Century Bridge supports an old railroad freight track that hasn’t been used in years, but it’s too narrow, old and unsafe to be incorporated into our new light rail system.

Demolition will close a portion of Century Boulevard, a major artery leading into LAX during one of the busiest travel times of the year. But as with Carmageddon, we do have choices and we should make use of them for the sake of the people who must get to this area … and for ourselves.

  • Plan ahead. If you haven’t purchased your airline tickets yet, try to schedule your trip for a different weekend.
  • Allow extra time. If you must travel to the airport, double or triple the amount of time your commute would normally take and base your schedule on real-time travel conditions.
  • Reroute your trip. Take advantage of travel detours that the L.A. Department of Transportation will posted on the LADOT website: trafficinfo.lacity.org. It will be a great source for motorists that weekend.

“We know summer is peak travel season and not a great time to disrupt airport traffic and we’re sorry about that,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, at a recent news conference announcing the upcoming project. “But the demolition work is necessary now so that construction can stay on schedule for the Crenshaw line.”

Again: street closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, and last until 6 a.m. Monday, July 28.

For more information on the bridge demolition visit: http://www.metro.net/projects/crenshaw_corridor/demolition-century-city-bridge-july-25-28/