Weather permitting, construction crews at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday will begin demolishing the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 6 to Parking Structure 6.
The project, which will begin a new phase of the multibillion-dollar transformation of LAX, will necessitate a full closure of World Way South on both levels during the early morning hours. The Thursday construction work is set for 2 to 3:30 a.m., although rain in the forecast could potentially prompt a delay.
The demolition work will continue during the same hours Friday, requiring another closure of the airport loop road.
The bridge must be demolished so construction can begin on a new terminal core, which will contain the elevators and escalators needed to reach the walkway to a planned Automated People Mover.
Traffic control associated with the full road closure will begin as early as 12:30 a.m., and vehicles on the Upper/Departures Level will be detoured through Parking Structure 4 to the Lower/Arrivals Level. All vehicles will then use Center Way to exit the airport.
Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, said: “The overnight removal of a main pedestrian bridge is a milestone in our LAX transformation that takes us one step closer to realizing the vision of a world-class airport in Los Angeles. Engineering a demolition of this magnitude while still keeping the airport open for business demonstrates our team’s commitment to innovative construction approaches that maintain the highest levels of safety and minimize the impact on our guests.”
Additional closures will be associated with the construction, and more information is available at www.flyLAX.com.