AUGUST MODERNIZATION HIGHLIGHTS – Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

08/01/2019 10:00 AM

MONTHLY CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Key Updates on LAX Modernization Projects

August 1, 2019

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260
Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

Crews continue to erect steel beams that make up the skeleton of Terminal 1.5. The building will include space for ticketing, baggage claim and a connection to the LAX Automated People Mover train system.

(Los Angeles, CA) Each month, Los Angeles World Airports 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.

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

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.

The right drop-off lane on the Upper/Departures Level is being used as a pedestrian walkway during canopy demolition work at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Terminal Loop:

  • 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. 
  • Terminal 3: The inner lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level are scheduled to reopen later this month following work to install new utility lines to serve the renovated Terminals 2 and 3. Curb space remains tight in the area and motorists are encouraged to consider parking in a structure when picking up passengers. The first 15 minutes are free in all parking structures within the Central Terminal Area, and it is only $5 for the first hour.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The right-most pick-up 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) core to the front of the building. Motorists are encouraged to consider parking or picking up pasengers south of the closure. 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 core construction.
  • Overnight lane closures: Some pick-up lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level may be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. for utility location work of the Central Terminal Area traffic loop. Paving work will intermittently close the bus lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level from 1 to 8 a.m., with work taking place Monday-Friday mornings only through late August. During work, pedestrians will be directed to the nearest open stops.
  • Center Way: Intermittent lane reductions will be in effect Monday through Friday from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. for underground utility work. Center Way is closed between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and West Way to allow for construction of the APM's West Station. The right-most lane adjacent to Parking Structure 7 will be closed overnight during work to demolish the parking booths and exit ramp from the roof.
A new, temporary detour route has been built for Aviation Boulevard north of Century Bouelvard while work takes place to lower Aviation Boulevard and extend 98th Street east of Bellanca Avenue.

Impacts Near LAX:

  • Aviation Boulevard: A temporary detour route has opened to allow for the lowering of Aviation Boulevard and construction of a new 98th Street extension. 
  • Century Boulevard: Temporary overnight lane closures will take place until late September for installation of a new Los Angeles Department of Water and Power concrete ductbank for the United Airlines Aircraft Maintenance and Ground Service Equipment Project. Two lanes will be closed between Airport Boulevard and Avion Drive nightly, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning.
  • Imperial Highway: Resurfacing of westbound Imperial Highway between Aviation Boulevard and Douglas Street is tentatively scheduled for late this month. Further details will be released once the date is set. Roadwork replaced to Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX project is also possible late this month.
  • Streets Surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place to conduct underground utility exploration 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.
American Airlines' check-in counter for Terminal 5 has moved to the western end of the ticketing lobby.

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.
  • Terminal 2/3: 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 new Security Screening Check Point on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Gates 22, 30 and 31A are closed.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Due to APM core construction, the 7-Eleven store on the Lower/Arrivals level has closed. The north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal are temporarily closed. Several offices will move in August due to the construction. The Customs and Border Protection office on the Upper/Departures Level will temporarily move to an area near the south checkpoint escalators. The LAWA public information office will relocate further south, across from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. International Currency Exchange will move to 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 through October 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.
  • Terminals 4/5: 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, and work continues on new counters for other Terminal 5 airlines. Gate 40 is closed through August.
Sprinkler installation in Parking Structure 3 will cause closure of one level at a time through September.

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 & 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 2A/2B: The bridge that connects the parking structures is expected to be demolished later this fall, ahead of work on the APM. Parking Structure 2B will be converted to an automated payment system.
  • Parking Structures 3/4: The bridge between P3 and P4 has been demolished. Fire sprinkler installation has begun, temporarily closing portions of PS3. 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.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: On both levels, the right-most lane is being used as a pedestrian walkway during work to prepare for construction of an APM core.
  • 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. Work wil take place this month to demolish the old cashier booths and ramp from the roof to Center Way.
  • Lot C/Lot E: Due to construction, Lot C is closed to the public. The new 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. 
Demolition of the bridge connecting Parking Structures 3 and 4 (shown at left in May) has been completed as part of the enabling work to build the West station for the LAX Automated People Mover.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Demolition of several structures along Center Way including the connector bridges between Parking Structures 3/4 and 1/7 has been completed, paving the way for foundation work for the APM's elevated guideway to commence in September. Site work is underway at the APM Maintenance and Storage Facility and the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West.
  • Airport Police Facility: Upcoming work at the Airport Police Facility project, located on the corner of Westchester Parkway and Loyola Boulevard, will include utility investigations, soil excavation/removal and driveway installation. Parking will not be allowed on 94th Street west of Lincoln Boulevard for the duration of the project.
The ramp from the roof of Parking Structure 7, seen at left, will be demolished along with the old cashier booths to make way for construction of the Automated People Mover's East station.

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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