01/14/2020 12:00 PM

For Immediate Release
Jan. 14, 2020

Stephanie Sampson
(424) 646-5260

Construction crews working on Arbor Vitae Street to install a new underground duct bank.

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today announced the completion of a critical enabling project, the installation of an underground duct bank that will help power future elements of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP).

The underground duct bank project commenced earlier this year and involved the installation of more than 3,000 feet of new duct work (or groups of conduit designed to protect and consolidate cables and wires) and five new underground electrical vaults along Westchester Parkway between Jetway Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue. The enabling project’s completion is integral in meeting the future power demands of the Automated People Mover (APM) train system, the APM Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) and the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West (ITF-West).

“Electricity is a critical infrastructure component not only for our modernization projects, but for LAX as a whole,” said Dan McKelvie, Project Manager, LAWA Utilities and LAMP Enabling Projects. “The completion of this project will help us power these key facilities and the future of LAX.”

The duct bank being installed underground (l); duct bank after installation (r)

The success of the project was possible because of collaboration with the project contractors and several partner agencies and companies, including the LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP), LA Department of Transportation, LA Bureau of Engineering, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company. Both the LADWP and LAWA have been making significant investments to improve power reliability and resiliency as part of ongoing modernization projects. LAWA has been developing a power resiliency program to ensure the ability to keep critical safety and communications systems operating in the event of power disruption.

Construction for the future of LAX is currently underway with foundation work having commenced for the APM guideway, ITF-West and APM M&SF. LAX’s modernization program includes a 2.25 mile elevated Automated People Mover train system with six stations total – three inside the Central Terminal Area (CTA) and three outside. It also includes new pick-up and drop-off locations outside of the CTA, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility and roadway improvements.

For more information on the future of LAX and the LAMP, visit FLYLAX.com/ConnectingLAX.

Construction crews installing the duct work underground.

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 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.

For more information about LAX, please visit    www.flyLAX.com or follow on Twitter   @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at    www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at  www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.   

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