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Sepulveda Boulevard built under LAX

Sepulveda Boulevard built under LAX

Oct. 15, 1952: Construction of the north portal of the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel underneath Los Angeles International Airport.

Staff photographer Art Rogers’ image appeared in the Oct. 26, 1952, Los Angeles Times. Charles Hillinger reported:

Detour days are numbered for drivers who by-pass the International Airport along Sepulveda Blvd.

The six-lane divided highway tunnel structure is complete except for ventilating and lighting facilities and an inside and portal paint project.

By March 15 of next year, a scant five months hence, traffic will flow in and out of the 1910-foot tunnel under the major twin runways and twin taxiways of the airport.

That’s if everything continues to go along on schedule, of course. …

The tunnel opened a month late. Dedication ceremonies were on April 21, 1953.

April 21, 1953: State director of public works Frank Durkee, left at microphone, addresses the crowd during the dedication of the Sepulveda Boulevard underpass. Airport officials added the parked airliner. Credit: Ray Graham/Los Angeles Times

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  1. September 15, 2015, 7:26 am

    I remember it as the runway being extended over the existing Sepulveda.

    By: contraryjim
  2. September 15, 2015, 9:27 am

    waao! amazing job for 1952

    By: joolo

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