05/29/2020 12:00 AM

May 29, 2020


Stephanie Sampson
LAX Public Relations 
(424) 646-5260

(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Utility and Landside Access Modernization Program Enabling Project (LULEP) successfully came to a close this month after completing 38 different projects over the last three years in support of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) modernization efforts. LULEP was integral in preparing the Central Terminal Area (CTA), as well as several surrounding roadways and project sites, for construction of the Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF) and new roadways.

”The completion of the LULEP program and its component projects means the future of LAX is closer than ever before,” said Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “The delivery of these 38 major infrastructure projects over the past three years has enabled the realization of our Landside Access Management Program (LAMP) that will transform LAX into the world class airport that Los Angeles deserves.”

Some of the key projects that were completed include underground duct bank relocations and installations, which will help power the new facilities, as well as the relocation of Avis and the Metro City Bus Plaza, which was needed to start construction of LAX’s new mobility hub – the Intermodal Transportation Facility – West. LULEP also built the shoofly on Aviation Boulevard, which helps maintain through traffic between Century Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street during heavy construction of the APM system.

The LULEP project included the demolition of buildings like the Travelodge Motel in the Manchester Square Area where the ConRAC facility is being built. Also, LULEP was responsible for building a new holding lot off Airport Boulevard and 96th Street to help create the needed space for Metro to construct its Airport Connector Station, which will connect to the APM at the ITF-East station.

With the completion of LULEP, LAX’s Roadway and Utility Enabling (RUE) project will commence with a heavy focus on the construction of the 98th Street extension. The road, which currently ends at Bellanca Avenue, will extend all the way to the 405 Freeway where new on and off-ramps will be built to the southbound side of the 405. There are several utility projects that must be completed prior to the roadway being extended and the RUE project will oversee those relocations. The 98th Street extension is slated to open in 2023.

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

800-feet of Jetway Boulevard was completed, which will eventually connect Westchester Parkway to Century Boulevard in 2023.
The Metro City Bus Plaza was moved to allow for construction of the Intermodal Transportation Facility - West.
Demolition of the former Travelodge Motel.
Demolition of a vacant building in the former Manchester Square area.

About Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.


In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.


LAX generates 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 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 (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. 


LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.


LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.


LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the “Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience” in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of “The World’s Best Airports for Business Travelers” (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).

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