Weekend travelers take heed: there's some serious business going down at the airport this weekend. The Century Crunch should have been called the Century Crumble because it centers on the demolition of an old bridge over Century and Aviation Boulevards, which is getting out of the way for a Crenshaw Line/LAX rail stop; in order to do that, the intersection will be shut down and serious delays are expected, says KPCC (also: duh). The intersection sees about 93,000 cars pass through on an average day and is the busiest portal into the airport, so if you were planning on going to LAX this weekend (never a fun trip anyway), here's what you need to know to cut down on major headaches:
· The Crunching begins tonight at 9 pm, meaning that the Aviation/Century intersection will be closed beginning then.
· The Crunch is scheduled to cease at 6 am on Monday morning.
· Sepulveda will be open, and there's also a three-mile detour route, but Metro says that drivers should still budget plenty of extra time to get where they're going (they suggest tacking on about an hour).
· Seriously though: allow lots of extra time. "We anticipate there is going to be a lot of congestion in and about the airport. We just don't want to see people missing their flights because they are affected by the extended time frames," a spokesman for Metro told the Daily Breeze.
· If you happen to be in this mess tonight, take a gander at those iconic LAX light-up pylons and you just might catch them lit up in the official colors of the Special Olympics—red, yellow, blue, pink, green and purple—in honor of the Games starting one year from today. (LA's hosting.) The lighting will commence at about 8 pm, just before the Crunch officially begins.
Call your mama, txt your friends, spouses, lovers, etc...take the Flyaway bus, take transit or use Sepulveda! #CenturyCrunch— Metro Los Angeles (@metrolosangeles) July 25, 2014
· Mayor Garcetti, in his PSA about the construction project, reminds travelers in English and Spanish that public transit is also a viable option. (Don't forget the Flyaway bus!)
· Speaking of public transit, Metro Bus 117 and 40 (owl service), Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Bus Line 3, and Beach City Transit Line 109 will all be traveling along the detour routes. Updates for bus service will be posted here.
· Non-traffic-app users can get real-time traffic updates by calling 511 and saying "Century Crunch" anytime during the closure to get automated info, says Metro.
· The LAPD suggests its own detours: drivers coming from the south go north on the 405 freeway, west on the 105 freeway, take the exit at Sepulveda and go north to LAX. Drivers coming from the east on the 105 are advised to exit north on Sepulveda and proceed to LAX. Those coming from the north can drive south on the 405 freeway and exit at either Howard Hughes Parkway or La Tijera Boulevard, then at Sepulveda go south to LAX.
· Century Crunch Fact Sheet [Metro]
· Avoid LAX "Century Crunch" traffic July 25-28 by taking public transit [The Source]
· First Look at the Crenshaw Line's LAX-Adjacent Century Station [Curbed LA]