NOVEMBER MODERNIZATION HIGHLIGHTS: Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX

11/02/2020 12:00 PM

Nov. 2, 2020

Charles H. Pannunzio
(424) 646-5260
 The pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 and Parking Structure 3 will be demolished later this month in preparation for construction of a terminal vertical core. Terminal 3 is currently closed.
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). 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.

In November, the pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 3 and Terminal 3 is scheduled for demolition. Terminal 3 closed earlier this fall in advance of major reconstruction. Work continues on the Automated People Mover (APM) train guideway and stations, along with terminal vertical core and reconstruction projects in the Central Terminal Area (CTA). Temporary pedestrian walkways are in place in the construction zones on the Upper/Departures Level, reducing the drop-off lane availability. Portions of Center Way are closed for APM guideway and station construction, with other roadways/lanes restricted overnight.

Most projects, including those that temporarily close lanes in the CTA, will be suspended between Nov. 21 and Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving. Work will continue in contained construction areas during this time.

As work advances on the various elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a link is available for webcams that will allow the public to see the development of the APM guideway and stations, Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, APM Maintenance and Storage Facility and Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West). The cameras can be viewed by clicking here. Photo galleries are available here.
An interactive map that includes current construction projects can be found here. For more information about specific lane closures and construction projects, click on the hard hats.

On the Upper/Departures Level, the north and central entrances to the Tom Bradley International Terminal are closed while construction takes place on a new vertical core.

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: Gates 21 and 21A are closed during construction of Terminal 1.5. Baggage claim is scheduled to temporarily move to the former Federal Inspection Station (customs area) later this fall. Topping out of the steel for the new headhouse serving Terminals 2 and 3 is scheduled later this month.
  • Terminal 3: Terminal 3 is closed to prepare for major reconstruction work. The pedestrian bridge to Parking Structure 3 is scheduled for demolition in mid-November with overnight lane closures and detours. More information will be announced closer to the work period.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal, and the north and central entrances on the Upper/Departures Level are temporarily closed due to vertical core construction. On the Lower/Arrivals Level, the entrance on the north side of the terminal, facing Terminal 3 remains open, along with the south entrance. Gate 134 remains closed for construction related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse and expansion of baggage handling capacity. 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. 
  • Terminals 4 and 5: The renovation program continues. Baggage Carousels 1 and 2 in Terminal 4 have been replaced and expanded, with Carousels 3 and 4 taken off line during construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminal 6: Gate 61 is closed for construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminal 7: Restrooms in the baggage claim area are closed overnight for construction of a terminal vertical core. Guests may use restrooms on the concourse before exiting to the baggage claim area, or go upstairs to the ticketing lobby restrooms if they have already exited security. A staircase has temporarily replaced an escalator between the Upper/Departures Level and the Concourse Level during construction of the terminal vertical core. Nearby elevators remain available.
Work continues on the Airport Police Facility, at Westchester Parkway and Loyola Boulevard.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Two sections of the APM’s 2.25 mile guideway now have concrete and only six foundation piles remain for the entire system (along 96th Street). Falsework now spans 98th Street, 96th Street and Airport Boulevard, with falsework spanning Aviation Boulevard arriving soon. In the CTA, the falsework is beginning to wrap around the iconic Theme Building as it makes its way to the future Center CTA station. The ITF-West topped out Oct. 17, with the last of 72,000 cubic yards of concrete being poured. The ConRAC facility has achieved 50 percent concrete completion for what will become the largest facility in the world once open.
  • Airport Police Facility: Activities for the coming weeks at the headquarters building include the installation of exterior glass curtain walls and the roofing system as well as the installation of roof-top Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) mechanical equipment. Inside the building, the work continues with constructing metal-framed partition walls and installing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire sprinkler piping. Site grading, concrete retaining walls and underground site utilities to connect with main-line utilities in Loyola Boulevard and Westchester Parkway are in progress. The parking structure is close to completion, with upcoming activities that include some roof work, signage and parking stall striping.
Northbound West Way is closed during construction of the APM guideway.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • World Way: Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level for pedestrian bridge column construction.
  • Terminals 1 and 2: The right-most drop-off lane on the Upper/Departures Level is closed to vehicles while it is used for pedestrian walkway in the Terminal 1.5 construction area between Terminals 1 and 2. Overnight closures on the Upper/Departures Level may further reduce available lanes in this area.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: The right drop-off lane in the construction area on the Upper/Departures Level is closed for use as a temporary covered walkway. Overnight pedestrian bridge removal at Terminal 3, scheduled for mid-November, will close all lanes on both levels of World Way, with traffic detoured. More information will be released closer to the work period.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Two drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level on the northern side of the terminal are closed while a temporary, covered walkway is in place during work to add a terminal vertical core to the front of the building.
  • Terminals 4 and 5: One of the two drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level has been replaced by a temporary, covered walkway during construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminals 5 and 6: One of the two drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level has been replaced by a temporary, covered walkway during construction of a terminal vertical core. Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level while sewer lines are connected.
  • East Way: Overnight closures are possible on both levels for installation of APM guideway falsework.  Northbound East Way closed, except for access to the Bob Hope USO and the Federal Aviation Administration tower.
  • Center Way: Center Way between West Way and Theme Way is closed at all times to facilitate construction of the APM guideway and stations. Center Way between East Way and Circle Way is closed overnight and some weekdays. Vehicles exiting Parking Structure 1 will use Center Way west to East Way to exit the airport during work hours.
  • Theme Way: Theme Way is closed between World Way and Center Way for APM construction through July 2022.
  • West Way: Northbound West Way is closed between World Way South and World Way North on the Lower/Arrivals Level through April 2021 for work on the APM. Southbound traffic will use the northbound lanes in the area of the construction, with egress from Parking Structure 2b, the entrance to Parking Structure 5 and pedestrian traffic maintained. Overnight lane closures are possible on both levels for the installation of APM columns and guideway falsework.
Central Terminal Area roadways with full-time lane closures as of Nov. 1, 2020.

A temporary walkway on the Upper/Departures Level at Tom Bradley has been extended further south.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Guests can access maps with real-time information on parking availability 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.
  • No Cash Accepted: Cashiers in Parking Structures 1, 2a, 5 and 6 cannot accept cash during the COVID-19 pandemic. All parking payments in these locations are card only. Payment machines for motorists who park in P2b, P3, P4 and P7 accept cash.
  • Parking Structure 1: Electric vehicle chargers have been relocated, with 20 stalls available in the east portion of the structure. Traffic exiting the structure is directed west on Center Way to East Way and World Way South to exit the airport when work takes place at Center and Circle ways.
  • Parking Structures 2a/2b: No parking is available on the roof of P2a until early 2021. A temporary exit has opened from P2b onto West Way. In addition, P2b uses an automated payment system.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The escalators and stairs on the north end of the building are temporarily closed. A temporary pedestrian walkway has been extended further south on the Upper/Departures Level during work on a new terminal vertical core.
  • Parking Structures 3 and 4: 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. The ground level of P3 has been converted into a passenger pick-up area (Terminal B Pickup), with taxis allowed to use the western-most curb during a pilot.
  • 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: Utility work may reduce the number of spaces available on the ground floor.
  • Center Way: The sidewalk path between Terminal 7 and LAX-it is temporarily altered due to work on the APM at the corner of Center and Circle Ways. The new pedestrian route is marked with detour signs.
Work to install a gas line on eastbound Century Boulevard may reduce the number of available lanes.

Impacts Near LAX: 

  • Airport Boulevard: The right turn lane from southbound Airport Boulevard to 96th Street is closed during work on the APM guideway. Motorists can still turn right onto 96th Street at the traffic signal.
  • Airport/Century boulevards: Work to install a gas line will reduce lane availability on eastbound Century Boulevard on weekday mornings and afternoons. In additional, on Saturdays through Nov. 21, the work will take place at the intersection of Airport and Century boulevards from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with left turns not allowed from Century Boulevard.
  • Arbor Vitae Street: Daytime lane closures are possible Monday-Friday between Bellanca Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard for utility investigation work in preparation for the future ConRAC facility.
  • Aviation Boulevard: One lane is closed in each direction between Century Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street to facilitate falsework erection at the Intermodal Transportation Facility-East. One through lane will remain open in each direction during the day, but nightly full closures may occur to erect the falsework that spans the roadway.
  • Aviation/Century boulevards: Work to restore the sidewalks at the intersection may occasionally close the right lane.
  • Avion Drive: Work by SoCal Gas will close lanes south of Century Boulevard overnight for approximately one month starting in early November.
  • La Cienega Boulevard: Daytime lane closures are possible Monday-Friday for utility investigation work south of Arbor Vitae Street.
  • Lincoln Boulevard: Underground boring work may close one lane of Lincoln Boulevard near 94th Street in Westchester.
  • 96th Street: Lane closures to perform utility work continues on 96th Street between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue.
  • 98th Street: Due to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power construction of a new water main, 98th Street is limited to one westbound lane between Bellanca Avenue and Vicksburg Avenue until mid-2021. Metered parking is still available on the north side of the street. Nighttime full closures to facilitate concrete placement for the APM guideway are possible later in the month.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard: Construction activities in preparation for APM foundation and guideway work will require overnight closures of the right lane in both directions near the airport entrance this month.
  • Streets surrounding LAX: Intermittent, short-term lane closures may take place 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.
  • World Way West: Lanes will be reduced nightly for utility installation. With the Midfield Satellite Concourse's change to an airside project, World Way West is closed east of Coast Guard Road.

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 www.flyLAX.comLAX 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. 

Work continues on projects throughout LAX including the Terminal 2-3 headhouse (top left), Terminal 3 concourse (top right), the APM guideway near Parking Structure 1 (bottom right) and Terminal 1.5.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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 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).

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request. 


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