Ready for the “Century Crunch”? The closure of Century Boulevard at the entrance to Los Angeles International Airport starts at 9 p.m. Friday (today) and will last until 6 a.m. Monday. It’s a roadway used by about 92,000 drivers every day, so plan for the jam.
During this period, the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards will be closed, and Aviation will be closed between Arbor Vitae and 104th Street. Drivers heading into the airport on Century Boulevard will be diverted onto northbound La Cienega Boulevard for a three-mile detour.
The weekend closure allows workers to demolish a bridge and make way for a stop on a new 8.5-mile light-rail line on Crenshaw Boulevard.
LAX is expecting to handle about 200,000 passengers a day on more than 1,700 flights over the busy summer weekend, an airport statement says. So you won’t be alone in your frustration with getting in or out of the airport unscatched.
Here are some workarounds recommended by LAX.
--Drivers should leave plenty of time to get to the airport. Check traffic conditions by calling 511 via phone or checking go511.com online. Also monitor @FlyLAXAirport on Twitter with #CenturyCrunch for updates. The airport’s LAXIsHappening website will have updates too.
--To get to the airport from the south or east, take the 105 Freeway west, exit at Sepulveda Boulevard and head north into the airport. Sepulveda remains open during construction.
--From the north, take the 405 Freeway south and exit at Howard Hughes Parkway or La Tijera Boulevard. Either will take you to Sepulveda Boulevard south and into the airport.
--Take shuttle vans or public transit to the terminals, specifically L.A. buses 102, 11, 117, 232 and 120 as well as the Metro Green Line (Aviation/LAX Station).
--Hop on a FlyAway bus, which run from several points of origin including new service from Santa Monica. Also, several other bus lines -- Beach Cities Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus -- offer airport transportation too.