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Get ready for the ‘Century Crunch’

LAX access limited July 25-28

OW Staff Writer | 7/17/2014, midnight

Century Boulevard is one major artery to Los Angeles International Airport with more than 92,000 motorists traveling through the Century and Aviation boulevards intersection daily.

On July 25 beginning at 9 p.m., the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority will begin a 57-hour full street closure at the intersection that will last until 6 a.m. July 28.

Nicknamed the “Century Crunch,” the closure, which will also include the shutdown of the southbound lane of Aviation Boulevard between Arbor Vitae and 104th street, is being done to allow replacement of the overpass bridge crossing Century at Aviation to facilitate construction of a new state-of-the-art light-rail station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, a 8.5-mile rail route that will connect the Green Line and the Expo Line. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is expected to open in 2019.

Access to LAX from Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open as usual.

According to Metro, public transit is one of the best options for avoiding the “Century Crunch.” Numerous transit lines, including FlyAway® bus, Metro Green Line with free LAX Shuttle G to and from airline terminals, Metro Bus, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus, Beach Cities Transit, and Torrance Transit will all provide access to the airport during the weekend bridge demolition operation.

The FlyAway® service offers four bus lines that serve all terminals at LAX. Boarding locations include the Metro Expo/La Brea Station, Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, the Van Nuys FlyAway® bus terminal in the San Fernando Valley, and Westwood/UCLA Flyaway.

A new FlyAway® service also will begin to operate from Santa Monica Civic Center on July 15. For more information on FlyAway® bus schedules, locations and fares, visit www.lawa.aero/flyaway.

From the Green Line, take the train to the Aviation/LAX Station, go downstairs and catch the free “G-Aviation” LAX shuttle bus from bays 6 and 7. The “G” shuttle is operated by the airport and serves all passenger terminals.

Metro Line 120 (along Imperial Highway) also serves the Aviation/LAX Station.

Metro Bus lines serving the airport include lines 102, 111, 117, and 232. These lines all terminate at the LAX City Bus Center on 96th Street just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. After getting off your bus, walk a short distance to the west end of the LAX City Bus Center and cross over to the LAX Parking Lot C depot where you catch the free “C” LAX shuttle bus to the LAX airline terminals.

Line 102 serves Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Stocker Street, and La Tijera Boulevard. Line 111 serves Florence Avenue and Arbor Vitae Street. Line 117 serves Century Boulevard, and Line 232 serves Pacific Coast Highway and Sepulveda Boulevard south of LAX.

Municipal bus providers with service to LAX include Beach Cities Transit Line 109, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Line 6 and Torrance Transit Line 8. All four lines serve the LAX City Bus Center. Beach Cities, Big Blue Bus, and Culver City also serve the Metro Aviation/LAX Green Line Station.

The bus lines that will be affected by the Century Boulevard closure are Metro Bus 117 and Line 40 owl service, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Bus Line 6 and Beach City Transit Line 109. On the weekend of July 25-27, bus service on these lines will follow recommended detours through the area.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Century bridge demolition, related street closures and recommended detours go to metro.net/Crenshaw. Join MTA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrenshawRail and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/crenshawrail.

Follow LAX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyLAXairport and www.LAXisHappening.com for airport construction and traffic-related impacts.