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LA Mayor Garcetti recommends “Plan Ahead” and avoid the Century Crunch during the weekend of July 25-28


Tuesday July 15, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti has released a public service announcement urging LAX travelers, employees and others to plan ahead, allow extra time or steer clear of airport area traffic the weekend of July 25-28. 

A portion of Century Boulevard by Aviation, a major artery leading into the heart of LAX will be closed for 57 hours that weekend as an old railroad bridge is demolished to make room for building a light rail aerial station for the new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line now under construction.

The video public service announcement is available on You Tube at to help businesses, community, travelers and general public alike raise awareness about the upcoming demolition operation that will require street closures.

"Because we planned ahead, Carmageddon never happened on the 405. So let's plan ahead again, avoid the area if you do not need to be there; and if you must, allow for extra travel time and use public transit," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Century Boulevard will be closed at the intersection with Aviation Boulevard beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 28. The southbound Aviation Boulevard lane will be closed between Arbor Vitae and 104th Street. Motorists are advised to monitor real-time traffic conditions prior to beginning their trips and to follow recommended detour routes. 


Westbound:  For westbound traffic on Century Boulevard heading to LAX, motorists can head northbound on La Cienega Boulevard, turn left (west) onto Manchester Boulevard, turn left (south) on Airport or Sepulveda boulevard, and then turn right (west) on Century Boulevard to enter the airport.

 Eastbound: Leaving LAX on Century Boulevard, motorists should turn left (north) onto Airport Boulevard and proceed to Manchester Boulevard.  Motorists can then turn right on Manchester Boulevard to proceed eastbound to La Cienega Boulevard or turn right (west) to proceed southbound to Century Boulevard. 

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

The $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is an 8.5-mile light rail line that will connect the Green Line with the Expo Line. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is expected to open in 2019.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Century bridge demolition, related street closures and recommended detours go to or call project hotline (213) 922-2736 or Metro Customer Relations at (323) GO.METRO. Join us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County.  Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is, literally, changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.