NOVEMBER MODERNIZATION HIGHLIGHTS: Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

11/05/2019 08:00 AM

Nov. 5, 2019

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260
 The core of the Midfield Satellite Concourse will continue to take shape in November.
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). As the airport is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar modernization program, new projects are starting with regular frequency. 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.

During the Thanksgiving holiday period, most construction work that reduces lanes within the Central Terminal Area (CTA) will be suspended. An interactive map that includes current construction projects can be found here: Click on the hard hats for more information about specific lane closures and construction projects.

Traffic patterns have changed with the opening of the LAX-it taxi and ride app pickup lot. No private vehicles are allowed on the inner lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level as they are reserved for LAWA-operated buses and shuttles. Guests who are using taxis or ride apps to leave LAX should follow walking signs take the green LAX-it shuttle to the new location. Taxi and ride app drop-off continues at the terminal curbs on the Upper/Departures Level, where hotel and private parking lot shuttles now also pick up and drop off guests. Most other modes of ground transportation and private vehicles are picking up guests at the outer commercial islands on the Lower/Arrivals Level.

Earlier this year, LAX introduced the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed, which provides frequently updated traffic and parking availability information.

Center Way is reduced to two lanes east of East Way due to Automated People Mover construction, and is closed completely from East Way to the Administration Building between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

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 March 2020 while it is used for a covered pedestrian walkway in the Terminal 1.5 construction area between Terminals 1 and 2. 
  • 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 new Automated People Mover (APM) vertical core to the front of the building. Also on the Lower/Arrivals Level, work is scheduled to take place for two weeks early this month to widen the outer commerical island to allow space for more guests. While this work takes place, the right-most outer lane will be closed, and guests are encouraged to use the new Terminal B Pickup area on the ground floor of Parking Structure 3. The right drop-off lane is closed on the Upper/Departures Level for use as a pedestrian walkway during demolition of the canopy ahead of APM vertical core construction. 
  • Terminals 4 and 5: Work continues to demolish the Upper/Departures Level canopy in preparation for APM vertical core construction. Both drop-off lanes and sidewalk in the area will be closed, with pedestrians detoured onto a temporary walkway. 
  • Terminals 5 and 6: Work continues to demolish the Upper/Departures Level canopy in preparation for APM vertical core construction. Both drop-off lanes and sidewalk in the area will be closed, with pedestrians detoured onto a temporary walkway during the day and into the building during overnight hours. 
  • Center Way: Center Way is closed between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and West Way to allow for construction of the APM's West Station. Center Way is reduced to two lanes from Theme Way to Circle Way, with intermittent full closures in effect Monday through Friday from 12-9 a.m. for Cast-In-Drilled-Hole (foundation) work for the East CTA APM Station.
Construction of temporary "falsework" for the Automated People Mover train's elevated guideway continues near Aviation Boulevard.

Impacts Near LAX:

  • Aviation Boulevard: Overnight and full weekend closures of Aviation Boulevard are expected to take place between Century Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street while the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power works to lower a duct bank. Weekdays, the closures will take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., with the weekend closure starting at 9 p.m. on Fridays until 6 a.m. on Mondays. A detour will be posted. The route may be closed overnight or on weekends to facilitate utility work, including DWP replacement of an underground transmission cable that runs along Aviation Boulevard between Imperial Highway and Manchester Avenue, with work taking place Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. Work to restore the curbs and traffic signals at 104th Street, 111th Street and Imperial Highway in the area of Metro's Crenshaw/LAX Project may require temporary lane closures.
  • Jetway Boulevard: An 800-foot section of the new road, which will eventually connect Westchester Parkway and Century Boulevard, is open to serve the new Avis Rental Cars location and provide access to the ride app holding lot. The remainder of the road will open in 2023. Traffic signals and crosswalks have been installed at the intersection of Jetway Boulevard and Westchester Parkway to allow controlled turns for employee parking. 
  • Streets Surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place to conduct underground utility exploration and relocation 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.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in the Tom Bradley International Terminal has moved temporarily to an area near the elevators at the south Security Screening Check Point.

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.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: Because of construction guests should make sure they go to the correct terminal, as the indoor connectors on the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels are closed for demolition work that begins later this month. According to Delta Air Lines, its passengers flying to all international destinations as well as Atlanta, Detroit, Hawaii, New York (JFK), Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington National should check their bags in Terminal 2. All other domestic passengers should drop their bags at Terminal 3. Sky Priority passengers can drop their bags in either terminal. Guests in T3 are routed downstairs to a Security Screening Check Point on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Gate 22 is closed. 
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Due to APM vertical core construction, the north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal are temporarily closed. Several offices on the Upper/Departures Level have moved due to the construction. The Customs and Border Protection office is now located near the south checkpoint escalators. The LAWA information desk is now across from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. International Currency Exchange is now on the north side of the terminal. A future AMEX Centurion Lounge is under construction through early 2020. Gate 131 is closed for construction of improvements to the baggage handling facility, and Gate 132 is closed until later this fall for work related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse. 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. DFS Group Limited is conducting extensive renovation of its retail stores throughout 2019. Hermes and Gucci have opened in their newly renovated locations, with Burberry expected to reopen in December.
  • Terminals 4 and 5: A $1.6 billion renovation program continues. Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 in Terminal 4 are undergoing replacement. Two new carousels, numbered 5 and 6, are now available in Terminal 5. American Airlines' check-in counter in Terminal 5 has moved to the west end of the ticketing lobby, with Sun Country moving just to its east. JetBlue, Frontier, and Allegiant have moved their ticket counters to the central portion of the lobby. Signs are posted to direct customers to the new locations.
One level of Parking Structure 4 will close at a time to allow fire sprinkler installation this month.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Guests can access maps with real-time information on how full parking structures within the Central Terminal Area and Economy Lot E are by visiting 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.
  • 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 March 2020.
  • 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. Fire sprinkler installation will take place one level at a time in P4, with parking restrictions posted a week in advance. The ground level of P3 has been converted into a passenger pickup area that is now open.  
  • 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 will 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.
  • Lot E: Economy Lot E is open at 5455 W. 111th St., offering approximately 2,700 long-term spaces for $12 a day. 
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 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. 
A temporary covered walkway is being built between Terminals 5 and 6 on the Upper/Departures Level.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Airport Police Facility: Construction crews will be excavating and trenching within the project site as well as preparing for and installing concrete, duct banks and the on-site construction management office. Parking will not be allowed on 94th Street west of Lincoln Boulevard for the duration of the project.

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 more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.  


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 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.  

For more information about LAX, please visit or follow on Twitter  @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at, and on YouTube at  

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