(Los Angeles, CA) Marking a new phase of construction at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the first structure was demolished to allow for the construction of the Automated People Mover (APM) guideway. LAX Integrated Express Solution (LINXS), the developer of the APM, successfully demolished the former Burger King property on the corner of 96th St. and Airport Blvd. The demo was completed on Jan. 28 and took less than six hours to complete. Construction on the APM itself is scheduled to begin this spring.
“Transformative projects are accomplished through a series of smaller steps, and we are starting 2019 with substantive work towards the reimagining of LAX,” said LAWA CEO Deborah Flint. “One of our strategic goals at Los Angeles World Airports is to operate sustainably, and we are pleased that LINXS ensured that the demolition surpassed our high environmental standards, setting the tone for the many milestones that lay ahead of us throughout the life of the project.”
For the APM project, LAWA has required that at least 75 percent of all non-hazardous construction and demolition waste be diverted from going into landfills. LINXS is targeting a goal above this required minimum threshold for demolished material throughout construction.
The APM is an autonomous electric train and the primary component of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), featuring a 2.25-mile elevated guideway with six stations total, three inside the Central Terminal Area and three outside. The APM will provide time-guaranteed access to the airport while connecting travelers to the regional rail system, a new rental car facility and other pick-up/drop-off locations.
Construction for the LAMP, which includes the APM, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF-West and ITF-East) will ramp up in the coming months, with several more structures along the 2.25-mile guideway path set for demolition. Drilling for the guideway columns will also begin in 2019.
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