Los Angeles International Airport recently celebrated the successful removal of its pedestrian bridge between Terminal 6 and Parking Structure 6 after two nights of remarkably precise work by construction teams. The removal of the bridge is a major milestone in the construction of an Automated People Mover, slated to open at the airport in 2023, and was covered by numerous local media.

Our team is part of an Integrated Design-Build team helping LAX with their Terminal Cores update and Automated People Mover interface. The project will create two new cores between Terminal 5 and 6 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal and one updated connection at Terminal 7. The terminal cores consist of new and upgraded facilities throughout.

“We marvel at modern engineering and the teamwork it engendered to move this pedestrian bridge in the heart of the central terminal area, yes this is but one of many challenging construction activities in our modernization program,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports. “We will continue to use innovative approaches to construction projects so we can minimize impacts on guests while we safely deliver the world-class airport Los Angeles deserves.”

Work to prepare the bridge for demolition has been going on for nearly a month, and included removal of flooring, glass and stairs to reduce its weight. On the ultimate day of removal, a 50-foot section of the bridge that crossed the Lower/Arrivals Level was hoisted by a crane with demolition taking place in a nearby parking lot outside of travel lanes later that day. Early that morning, the 75-foot section that crossed Upper/Departures Level was similarly removed and demolition continues.

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