• Major intersection closed at LAX this weekend

    Los Angeles officials urge travelers to take alternate transportation. (Twitter photo, @crenshawrail)

    Los Angeles officials urge travelers to take alternate transportation. (Twitter photo, @crenshawrail)

    Just as thousands of business travel industry specialists are heading to Los Angeles, a traffic nightmare is as well.

    This weekend, from 9 p.m. PT on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday, a major intersection leading to and from LAX will be closed for construction.

    Century Blvd. will be temporarily closed while a bridge is demolished to make way for a new light rail line. The Crenshaw Line will run north/south from the Expo Line to the Green Line, making it easier for passengers, residents and employees to reach LAX and the surrounding area, and alleviating traffic congestion. This line won’t be open for several years, however.

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    The so-called “Century Crunch” is in a spot where traffic bottlenecks happen on a regular basis, at Century and Aviation Blvd. Please allow extra time for ground transportation to account for the delays.

    Motorists on westbound Century Boulevard will be diverted to northbound La Cienega Boulevard to westbound Manchester Avenue to southbound Airport Boulevard to westbound Century Boulevard. Traffic leaving LAX on eastbound Century Boulevard will reverse this route. The distance of this diversion route is 3 miles.

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    California Highway Patrol officials recommend motorists heading to LAX on southbound I-405 San Diego Freeway should exit at Highway 90 Howard Hughes Parkway to Sepulveda Boulevard or at Manchester Boulevard to Sepulveda. Motorists on northbound I-405 should take westbound I-105 Century Freeway to northbound Sepulveda Boulevard. Here’s a traffic diversion map.

    For more information, check out the Los Angeles World Airports website, follow LAX’s official Twitter feed @FlyLAXAirport, and follow the hashtag #centurycrunch for real-time updates on traffic conditions.

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