APRIL MODERNIZATION HIGHLIGHTS: Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

04/01/2020 09:00 AM

April 1, 2020

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260
 Installation of glass and steel continues at Terminal 1.5, where pedestrians use a temporary walkway.
Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX
(Los Angeles, CA) Each month, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) shares updates on current and upcoming construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  This newsletter contains information about the status of projects within the terminals at LAX, as well as construction impacts to the airport roadways and the surrounding communities.

In April, work continues on several terminal vertical core projects in the Central Terminal Area (CTA). Temporary pedestrian walkways are in place in the construction zones on the Upper/Departures Level, reducing the drop-off lane availability. On the Lower/Arrivals Level, LAWA-operated buses use the inside lanes that are similarly impacted by construction. 

An interactive map that includes current construction projects can be found here:https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-traffic-and-ground-transportation/airport-construction-map. Click on the hard hats for more information about specific lane closures and construction projects.

During these unprecedented times our Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and terminal modernization projects continue. Per the federal, state and local classification of airports and public works projects as essential operations, construction on the future of LAX continues to move forward. All of our developers and contractors are implementing a variety of measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and protect workers.

For regular updates on traffic and parking availability at LAX, visit the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed. We encourage our guests to check current conditions before heading to the airport.

A temporary walkway is being built in the right drop-off lane between Terminals 2 and 3 on the Upper/Departures Level. Both drop-off lanes will be closed nightly until late April.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • Terminals 1 and 2: The right-most drop-off lane on the Upper/Departures Level is closed to vehicles until later this summer while it is used for a covered pedestrian walkway in the Terminal 1.5 construction area between Terminals 1 and 2. The Upper/Departures Level is reduced to one lane overnight for installation of steel and glass panels at Terminal 1.5.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: Two drop-off lanes are closed overnight in the construction area on the Upper/Departures Level while a temporary covered walkway is built through late April. Once the walkway opens, one drop-off lane will be available in the area.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The right-most pickup lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level is closed between Columns B2 and B5 on the northern side of the terminal for use as a pedestrian walkway during work to add a terminal vertical core to the front of the building. The left-most lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level, located closest to the parking structures, is closed through April 6, with two lanes closed between midnight and 7 a.m. The outer commercial island on the Lower/Arrivals Level has been widened by 6 feet to allow space for more guests. 
  • Terminals 5 and 6: One of the two drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level has been replaced by a temporary covered walkway during construction of a terminal vertical core. 
  • Center Way: Center Way is closed between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and West Way to allow for construction of the Automated People Mover (APM) train's West CTA Station. Center Way will be closed through the end of April between East Way and the Clifton A. Moore Administration Building. Vehicles exiting Parking Structure 1 will be directed west on Center Way to use East Way and World Way South to exit the Central Terminal Area. Delivery access to the administration building will be available via the Upper/Departure Level to Circle Way.
  • Circle Way: A portion of the return roadway from Circle Way to Sky Way will be closed through mid-May for utility work. Flaggers will help detour traffic through the former north parking lot for the Clifton A. Moore Administration Building. 
  • West Way: Northbound West Way is closed between World Way South and World Way North on the Lower/Arrivals Level through early June for work on the APM. Southbound traffic will use the northbound lanes in the area of the construction, with egress from Parking Structure 2b, the entrance to Parking Structure 5 and pedestrian traffic maintained. Lane closures are possible overnight for utility investigations. 
Eastbound 98th Street is closed, while westbound traffic is limited to one lane while the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power installs a new water main.

Impacts Near LAX: 

  • Aviation Boulevard: One lane will be closed in each direction between Century Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street for Cast-In-Drilled-Hole (foundation) work for the Intermodal Transportation Facility-East. One through lane will remain open in each direction during the day, but full nighttime closures are in effect. 
  • 96th Street: Relocation of utilities in advance of construction of the APM will restrict 96th Street between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue to a single lane for business access through July.
  • 98th Street: Due to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power construction of a new water main, 98th Street is limited to one westbound lane between Bellanca Avenue and Vicksburg Avenue until later this year. Metered parking is still available on the north side of the street.
  • Streets surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place as needed on streets in the LAX area. Streets include Century Boulevard, 96th and 98th Streets, Airport Boulevard, Westchester Parkway/Arbor Vitae Street, and Aviation Boulevard. At least one through lane of traffic will be maintained at all times and access to businesses will be maintained.
  • World Way West: With the Midfield Satellite Concourse's change to an airside project, World Way West is closed east of Coast Guard Road.
The Hotel and Private Parking Shuttle stop on the Upper/Departures Level between Terminals 2 and 3 has temporarily moved 175 feet to the west during construction of a walkway.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: Gate 10 is permanently closed for construction of Terminal 1.5. Gate 12A is closed until completion of Terminal 1.5. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct passengers.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Due to vertical core construction, the north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal are temporarily closed. A common-use bag-drop system is being tested in Aisles B and C. Gates 131 and 132 are scheduled to reopen in April with Gate 134 closing through late 2020 for construction related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse and expansion of baggage handling capacity. Work continues on an addition to the terminal near Gate 148 that will house elevators and escalators that access the tunnel to the new concourse. 
  • Terminals 4 and 5: The renovation program continues. Hawaiian Airlines has moved its ticket counters to the east end of Terminal 5. Some gates in Terminal 5 are being renumbered. Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 in Terminal 4 have been replaced and expanded, with Carousels 3 and 4 taken off line during construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminal 6: Gate 61 is closed for construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminal 7: Restrooms in the baggage claim area are closed overnight for construction of a terminal vertical core. Guests may use restrooms in the concourse area before exiting to baggage claim or go upstairs to the ticketing lobby restrooms if they have already exited security. A portion of the ticketing lobby is closed for work on a terminal vertical core, with detour signs in place. An escalator between the Upper/Departures Level and the Concourse Level has been temporarily replaced by a staircase during construction of a terminal vertical core. Nearby elevators remain available.
Under a pilot program, taxis may pick up guests from the western curb on the ground floor of Parking Structure 3.  Taxis are still available at LAX-it, as well as on the Lower/Arrivals Level curb past Terminal 7.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Guests can access maps with real-time information on parking availability by visiting https://www.flylax.com/en/parking-at-lax. Parking rates and a calculator to estimate costs can also be found on this webpage. Parking availability can also be found on the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed.
  • Parking Structure 1: The electric vehicle chargers currently located in the surface lot next to P1 will be relocated inside the structure by late April.
  • Terminals 1 and 2: Construction on Terminal 1.5 will narrow the sidewalk between Terminals 1 and 2 on the Lower/Arrivals Level. A covered walkway is located on the Upper/Departures Level, and will be in place until later this summer.
  • Parking Structures 2a/2b: The bridge connecting P2a and P2b has been demolished to make way for construction of the APM. A temporary exit has opened from P2b onto West Way. In addition, P2b now uses an automated payment system.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: During construction of a temporary covered walkway, the Hotel and Private Parking Shuttle stop has moved 175 feet to the west of its previous location. It will return to the previous location when the walkway is completed by month's end.
  • Parking Structures 3 and 4: The bridge between P3 and P4 has been demolished. A temporary traffic pattern is in place due to enabling work for construction of the APM. An automated payment system has replaced the cashier booths, with motorists exiting the structures onto World Way. Because of construction in the area, the number of exit lanes is limited. The ground level of P3 has been converted into a passenger pick-up area (Terminal B Pickup), with taxis allowed to use the western-most curb during a 90-day pilot.
  • Terminals 5 and 6: A temporary, covered walkway is in place between Terminals 5 and 6 on the Upper/Departures Level to accommodate guests while a terminal vertical core, which will connect to the future APM, is constructed.
  • Parking Structure 6: The pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 6 and Terminal 6 has been removed. Guests should access Terminals 5 and 6 from the Lower/Arrivals Level.
  • Parking Structure 7: Over-height vehicles are no longer allowed on the roof of P7. Vehicles exit the structure from the ground floor. An automated payment system has replaced cashier booths. Vehicles now use a temporary exit onto World Way South.
  • Center Way: The sidewalk path between Terminal 7 and LAX-it will be temporarily altered due to work on the APM at the corner of Center and Circle ways. The new pedestrian route will be marked with detour signs.
Please note that all dates provided in this notice are subject to change. Up-to-date construction alerts showing roadway 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  www.flyLAX.com. LAX also partners with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic reporting app, to provide enhanced information on conditions inside the airport and on nearby roadways. 
Concrete and steel work continue at the site of the future Airport Police Facility in Westchester.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Airport Police Facility: Construction crews will be conducting construction activities that will include forming, installing reinforcing steel (rebar), and pouring concrete slabs on grade, columns and walls for the headquarters building and parking structure. The work will also include the installation of utility piping inside the buildings for plumbing, electrical, and communications infrastructure. 

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers in 2019 and offers an average of nearly 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in 42 states in the U.S., and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines. LAX handled 691,257 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2019.  

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, 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 was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. 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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