Removal of the bridge clears the way for modernization construction to continue
The bridge removal was a two-night operation, with one half of the bridge being removed each night.
(LOS ANGELES, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced the successful removal of a pedestrian bridge linking Parking Structure 2A to Terminal 2 within the Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport Central Terminal Area (CTA). It was the third bridge removed as part of LAX’s modernization and clears the way for Terminal 2 connection to the Automated People Mover Center CTA station via an elevated pedestrian bridge in the future.
“For the second time in three months, our construction team successfully removed a pedestrian bridge, helping to pave the way for our continued modernization,” said Jake Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). “Removing this bridge is the first of many major achievements in 2021, a year in which our monumental transformation will continue to come to life as we build a better LAX.”
In the days leading up to removal of the pedestrian bridge, which was originally constructing as part of airport improvements made in preparation for the 1984 Olympic Games, crews removed concrete and roofing to lighten the bridge. Once that work was complete, shoring was constructed to support the structure as it was cut into two large sections. The sections were then removed via a 400-ton crane over the course of two evenings, the first during the early morning hours of Feb. 9 and the second during the early morning hours of Feb. 10. Each segment weighed more than 50,000 pounds.
Click on each of the images above to view time-lapse video of the bridge removal on night one (left) and night two (right).
After the bridge sections were removed, they were lowered onto a flatbed truck where they were dismantled before being hauled away.
This pedestrian bridge removal is the latest in a series of demolitions required to facilitate construction of the modernization projects. In May 2019, the first pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 6 to Parking Structure 6 was removed. In November 2020, the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 to Parking Structure 3 was removed months before originally planned in order to leverage reduced traffic volume associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The centerpiece of LAWA’s Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), the APM is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the CTA, connecting them to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. The APM project is a critical investment into the infrastructure of Los Angeles as the city prepares to host the 2028 Olympic Games.
The APM will feature six stations: three stations inside the CTA, which connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways, and three stations outside the CTA, which will connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility. The APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.
LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.
LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX's ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.
LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.
LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.
LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).
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