May Modernization Highlights: Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

05/02/2018 01:00 PM

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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2018

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260

Construction has begun on new ramps to reach the roof of Parking Structure 4. Levels 4 and 5 of the structure can currently be reached via a bridge from Parking Structure 3.

Top News:

  • Terminal Loop: Projects in the terminal loop will restrict lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level near Terminal 2 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
  • Parking Structure 3 & 4: Upper levels of Parking Structure 4 can only be reached through Parking Structure 3 until early summer.
  • Metro Project: Metro’s work on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will require lane closures on Century Boulevard. Guests should allow additional time to reach the airport.


Bollard installationBollard installation work will continue on the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels at LAX throughout 2018.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Terminal Loop:

  • Terminal 1: The main construction area at Terminal 1 is located near the center of the building. During busy travel times, such as early morning and midday, passenger drop-off can cause traffic backups on the roads leading into the CTA, affecting access to all other terminals. To avoid traffic congestion at LAX from early morning to 2 p.m., guests are asked to use the Lower/Arrivals Level to access the parking structures or drop off passengers, who can then take elevators, escalators, or stairs up to the Upper/Departures Level.
  • Terminal 2: A waterline replacement project is anticipated to close one of the inner lanes in the pick-up area at Terminal 2 between pillars 2H and 2J on the Lower/Arrivals Level for three weeks starting later this month. Motorists should be alert for slow traffic in the vicinity.
  • Terminal 3: A portion of the sidewalk between Terminal 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be restricted to 8 feet wide during the day and closed overnight during a “jack and bore” operation to drill a conduit for the replacement of power vaults that will serve the newMidfield Satellite Concourseand its baggage handling operation. Work, which is expected to last until June,will take place overnight, from 1 to 8 a.m., at which time the sidewalk and at least one right lane will be closed. Pedestrians will be detoured across World Way onto the sidewalk in front of Parking Structure 3.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Replacement of two power vaults in the terminal loop is expected to begin on Monday, May 7. Overnight closures (12-6:30 a.m.) of up to three lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Levelwill take place on weekdays. Motorists should allow extra time to reach Tom Bradley and Terminal 4 during work hours. Signs at Terminal 3 will direct motorists to the inner pickup lanes at Tom Bradley when entrances closer to the terminalare closed. When the bus lane is closed, guests will be directed to the nearest non-impacted stop. Metal plates will be installed to allow all lanes to be used during the day and evenings.
  • Terminal Traffic Loop: Portions of the drop-off and pick-up lanes may be restricted overnight during installation of security bollards. Additionally, occasional and intermittent lane closures are possible overnight throughout the terminal loop for the painting of pavement markings including crosswalks.Weekly location updates are available on Twitter at @FlyLAXAirport.


Road with bollardJenny Avenue is closed to through traffic between Westchester Parkway and 96th Street.

Impacts Near LAX:

  • Century Blvd: Westbound Century Boulevard (heading toward LAX) will be closed at Aviation Boulevard the nights of May 7-9, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, as work is done on elevator installation for the new Century/Aviation Metro Station. A detour will be posted. In addition, Metro and Walsh-Shea are expected to perform workto restore the curbs, gutters and sidewalks at the northwest and southwest corners of Century and Aviationboulevards aspart of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. Exact dates and work hours have not been finalized, but will be shared once they are determined. At least two lanes will be open while the work takes place, and only one corner will be worked on at a time.
  • Jenny Avenue: Jenny Avenue is closed as a through street between Westchester Parkway and 96th Street in advance of work on the Intermodal Transportation Facility, one of three stops outside the airport that will serve the future Automated People Mover. The southern part of Jenny Avenue remains open to provide exit from Lot C as well as access for Avis employees.
  • Aviation Blvd: SoCal Gas pipeline cleaning and maintenance will require the closure of the right lane of northbound Aviation Boulevard at 104th Street. In addition, through-traffic will not be able to use 104th Street between Aviation and La Cienega boulevards. A detour is posted.
  • Imperial Highway: Resurfacing of westbound Imperial Highway between Aviation Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 14. The work will take place weekdays from6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at least one lane will remain open at all times.


People sitting and waiting at Gate 12AThe remodeling of Gate 14 in Terminal 1 has been completed. Work continues at Gate 12A.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: Phase 3 of Southwest Airlines’ $515-million Terminal 1 Renovation Project is taking place in the central part of the terminal. New restrooms are open on the concourse, just past the Security Screening Check Point, between Gates 9 and 10. Passengers reach the checkpoint via a new section of the hallway. Temporary all-gender restrooms are available on the west side of the ticketing lobby, and guests may also use restrooms located on the Lower/Arrivals Level or in the terminal past the Security Screening Check Point. The food court in the south end of the terminal is closed, with guests directed to establishments further north in Terminal 1. Westfield is phasing in new concessions later this year. One of the two escalators that take guests to the baggage claim area is closed for renovations. Gate 14has reopened while Gate 12A remains temporarily closed for renovations. Gate 10 has permanently closed in preparation for construction of Terminal 1.5. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct passengers.
  • Terminal 2/3: The Lower/Arrivals Level indoor walkway between the T2 and T3 baggage claim areas is closed as work continues on Delta Air Lines’ $1.9-billion renovation. A new Security Screening Check Point is under construction in Terminal 3. Baggage Claim 1 is undergoing replacement with guests using the sidewalk to access Claims 2-4 until later this summer.Work will begin on a new baggage claim in the east end of the building in May. Gate 27B is open. The Delta Sky Club in Terminal 3is being expanded.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Gate 131 is closed for construction of improvements to the baggage handling facility, and Gate 132 is closed for work related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse. Work will begin soon on an addition to the terminal near Gate 148 that will house elevators and escalators that access the tunnel to the future Midfield Satellite Concourse.
  • Terminal 6: Alaska Airlines has new ticketing counters in the eastern part of the building for its international flights. Guests flying on domestic flights with Alaska continued to use the counters in the western portion of the building, closer to Terminal 5.
  • Terminals 7/8: United Airlines is continuing its $573-million Terminal 7/8 Renovation Project scheduled for completion this summer. All of the gate areas in Terminal 7 have been renovated. Skycaps have moved to new podiums in front of Terminal 7. The carpet in the connector between T7 and T8 will be replaced with a new terrazzo floor. Replacement of the roof in T7 continues, while new skylights have been completed. Construction is underway on three new concessions: Ashland Hill and Hudson News Pier No. 7 Market on the Upper/Departures Level, and Dunkin’ Donuts on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Gate 80 is closed for ramp concrete repairs until June 1.


People sitting and waiting at Gate 12ANew ticket counters for Alaska Airlines' international flights have opened in the east end of Terminal 6.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Terminals 1 & 2: Construction on Terminal 1.5 will narrow the sidewalk between Terminals 1 and 2 on the Lower/Arrivals Level.
  • Security Bollards: Work to install security bollards is taking place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on the Upper/Departures Level and between midnight and 8 a.m. on the Lower/Arrivals Level, although times could vary based on airport traffic conditions. Construction barriers will be placed on the sidewalk and pedestrians routed around the work, which takes approximately six days to complete in each location. During work hours, portions of the drop-off and pick-up lanes will be restricted.
  • Parking Structure 4: Access to the upper levels of Parking Structure 4 is restricted while work takes place to build new ramps inside the structure. Levels 4 and 5 (roof) of Parking Structure 4 can be accessed only through Parking Structure 3, using the bridge between the buildings. Vehicles parked on Levels 4 and 5 of Parking Structure 4 will exit through Parking Structure 3. Detour signs are posted.
  • Lot C: The public entrance to Lot C from Westchester Parkway is closed, along with portions of the parking lot. About 1,900 spaces remain in Lot C, which can be accessed from 96th Street. Motorists may wish to consider other parking options or use public transportation during busy periods.

Please note that all dates provided in this notice are subject to change. Up-to-date construction alerts showingroadway lane restrictions and sidewalk closures in the terminal loop, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline terminal finder, can be found at LAX also partners with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic reporting app, to provide enhanced information on conditions inside theairport and on nearby roadways.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, named one of Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports, served more than 84.6 million passengers in 2017. LAX offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX handled 697,138 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016.

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. 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 also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to 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, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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