Century Crunch a Success

The Century Crunch was a success. By Monday morning, all demolition of the Century Boulevard bridge was completed and tons of debris from the bridge and the layers of protective soil was removed– several hours ahead of schedule.

Now that the demolition is finished, traffic flow will be reduced by a lane in each direction for 16 months as the new Crenshaw to LAX station is built on Aviation Boulevard.

The Metropolitan Transportation Board unanimously agreed this month to build a new light rail station at 96th Street and Aviation Boulevard along the Crenshaw/LAX Line that will carry passengers to a newly built front door—or “gateway”—at Los Angeles International Airport.

The board agreed that building an automated people mover at 96th Street is the most cost effective option and promises the most convenient transportation experience for travelers. The station must now be designed and funded. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is currently under construction and the new station would be added to that project.

“I commend everyone involved in the Century Crunch for making this event the least disruptive for travelers and Los Angeles residents. Now that the old bridge has been demolished, we will begin to see serious work on the new rail line and station,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “It is a very exciting time for Los Angeles and the future of public transportation.”