‘Century Crunch’ Bridge Demolition to Cause Heavy Traffic Delays Near LAX

A bridge demolition near the Los Angeles international Airport was expected to cause heavy traffic delays throughout the weekend, officials warned.

A bridge demolition was scheduled to close the intersection of West Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard near LAX from July 25, 2014, to July 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A bridge demolition was scheduled to close the intersection of West Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard near LAX from July 25, 2014, to July 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The intersection of West Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard (map) was scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, Metro warned.

A successor to other traffic-causing road projects such as “Carmageddon” and “Ramp Jam,” the demolition was being called the “Century Crunch.”

“Avoid area if you do not need to be there, and if you must, allow extra travel time and use public transit,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Nearly 93,000 people travel through the area daily, and should allow for an extra hour during the closure, according to Metro.

Those going to LAX from West Century Boulevard should go around the closed intersection by driving north on South La Cienega Boulevard, then westbound on West Manchester Boulevard and south on Airport Boulevard (map).

Although the weekend may be a busy time for summer travelers, delaying the bridge demolition would impact future plans for the Crenshaw/ LAX Transit Project.

Two lanes of traffic in each direction were expected to reopen Monday, and stay open for 16 months.

Once complete, a new bridge and rail line in each direction would be built.


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