04/29/2019 01:07 PM

Important enabling project marks another milestone for the LAMP
April 29, 2019

Stephanie Sampson
LAX Public Relations
(424) 646-5260
LAWA Completes Reclaimed Waterline Relocation

Important Enabling Project Marks Another Milestone for the Landside Access Modernization Program

Workers assembling the waterline pipe prior to installation.

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today announced the completion of the reclaimed waterline relocation project, an activity needed to facilitate the future construction of several components of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).


LAWA, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), built and connected a new reclaimed waterline on Westchester Parkway between Airport Boulevard and Jenny Avenue. The reclaimed waterline transports water that has been processed to remove waste and other contaminants, and then repurposed for irrigation and other industrial needs. Completion of the project was essential to the upcoming construction of the Automated People Mover (APM) train system and the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West (ITF-West).


“While it is a megaproject, the Landside Access Modernization Program is actually made up of a series of small and large construction projects, each one enabling the next,” said Bernardo Gogna, LAMP Program Executive, LAWA. “The completion of the new reclaimed waterline on Westchester Parkway is an important step in building the automated people mover train, the ITF-West and other components of our program.”


To construct the new waterline, crews dug a trench that was between 7 to 15 feet deep and installed shoring to keep the shape of the trench and secure the work area. After shoring was put in, excavation work began to clear the soil from the trench. Crews then lowered in a 24-inch pipe and completed the work to connect it to the existing waterline. Pressure tests were conducted to ensure the connection was done properly.

Left Image: Trench for waterline; Right Image: New waterline being installed.

Before the new waterline could be fully operational, LADWP was called to dewater and abandon the existing waterline. LAWA and its contractors coordinated with local businesses in the area that received service from this waterline prior to and during the abandonment process. After the waterline was abandoned, LADWP crews finished connecting the new waterline and began its operation.


The project involved significant coordination with the LA Police Commission, LA Department of Transportation (LADOT), LA Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA), LA Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) and the LA Bureau of Engineering (BOE). The relocation also was completed with zero injuries to construction personnel.


The APM will provide time-guaranteed access to the terminal area and relieve traffic congestion in and around the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) area. The ITF-West will feature a 4,700 stall parking structure, a station for the APM, serve as new pick-up/drop-off location for LAX guests and house the new LAWA Badging & Security Office. The ITF-West and APM are scheduled to be completed in 2021 and 2023, respectively.


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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.    

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