(LOS ANGELES, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced the successful demolition of a pedestrian bridge linking Parking Structure 3 to Terminal 3 within the Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport Central Terminal Area (CTA). Although the demolition of this pedestrian bridge was not originally planned to occur until late next year, the reduced traffic volume within the CTA due to the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to complete the work early with minimal disruption to airport guests.
“The removal of this pedestrian bridge earlier than planned is another example of our ability to adjust and be nimble as we take advantage of our lowered passenger traffic to make progress on our modernization,” said Jake Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Landside Access Modernization Program. “Removal of this bridge is integral for both the Automated People Mover project and the renovation of Terminals 2 and 3.”
In the days leading up to the pedestrian bridge demolition, 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 Nov. 11 and the second during the early morning hours of Nov. 12. The larger of the two sections weighed over 50,000 pounds.
Click here to see a time-lapse video from night one of the bridge removal. High-resolution photos are available upon request.