FEBRUARY MODERNIZATION HIGHLIGHTS: Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX and VNY

02/01/2021 10:30 AM

Feb. 1, 2021

LAX Public Relations
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 Terminal 3 is closed for major renovations and connection to the future Automated People Mover train.
Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX and VNY
(Los Angeles, CA) Each month, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) shares updates on current and upcoming construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). 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 and improvements at VNY.

The pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 2a and Terminal 2 at LAX is tentatively scheduled to be removed the nights of Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 as part of a project to connect the Automated People Mover (APM) to the building. Work continues on the 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.
Work continues on the various elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which includes the APM train, a Consolidated Rent-a-Car (ConRAC) facility, the APM Maintenance and Storage Facility and the Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West). A link is available for webcams that allow the public to see the ongoing work 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.

Progress continues on Central Terminal Area projects including the new headhouse for Terminals 2-3 (top left), and new vertical cores at the north end of Tom Bradley International Terminal (top right), between Terminals 4 and 5 (bottom left), and between Terminals 5 and 6.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: Work is underway to reopen Gate 12A. Work to tie Terminal 1 into the new Terminal 1.5 construction is wrapping up. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal is closed, with signs placed to direct passengers.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: In preparation for a new connection to the future APM train, the pedestrian bridge between Parking Structure 2a and Terminal 2 is scheduled for demolition early this month with overnight lane closures and detours. More information will be announced soon. Construction has begun on a bridge to connect Terminals 1.5 and 2 on the secure side. The baggage claim has temporarily moved to the former Federal Inspection Services (customs) area. Signs direct guests to the area, where three carousels are available. COVID-19 testing has moved to the north end of Terminal 2 on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Terminal 3 is closed to prepare for major reconstruction work.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The north escalators and stairs located outside the terminal are temporarily closed due to vertical core construction. The central entrance on the Upper/Departures Level is also temporarily closed. Tunnels to allow access to the north entrances have opened on both levels. On the Lower/Arrivals Level, the entrance on the north side of the terminal, facing Terminal 3, remains open. Barriers are in place for construction of a domestic baggage claim. The information counter remains open, but is scheduled to move to a nearby location late this month. Gate 134 remains closed for construction related to the Midfield Satellite Concourse and expansion of baggage handling capacity. New signage for the Midfield Satellite Concourse is being installed at several locations inside the building.
  • 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: Barricades are in place in the ticketing lobby until March 2021. 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.
Progress continues on the Airport Police Facility, left, and parking deck, scheduled to open later this year.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): More than 260 underground foundation, or Cast-In-Drilled-Hole piles, for the APM's 2.25-mile guideway are now complete as all construction for the project is now above ground. Approximately 80 percent of the columns for the guideway are complete, while falsework on sections of the guideway where concrete has been poured along 96th Street has now been removed, revealing the finished product. Installation of the exterior façade and escalator canopy at the Intermodal Transportation-Facility-West continues, while work on future 94th Street, which will be the access road into the facility is underway. Concrete for the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility is approximately 70 percent complete, while two tower cranes were installed in January with a seventh coming in early February.
  • Airport Police Facility: Activities for the coming weeks at the headquarters building include drywall build-out, door frame installation, acoustical ceiling grid installation, and painting walls. Building mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems connections continue. Site work in progress includes the construction of retaining walls, and the beginning or rough grading at landscape areas. Upcoming street work will involve the construction of a new main driveway entrance on Loyola Boulevard, rebuilding intersection curb ramps, and constructing a new sidewalk on the south side of 94th Street at the back entrance. In the parking structure, stalls have been stripped, and directional arrows painted. One level of the parking structure is being used for construction parking only.
Drop-off space is limited due to work in front of Tom Bradley International Terminal. Additional passenger pickup/drop off can be found on the Lower Level of Parking Structure 3 at the Terminal B Pickup area.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • World Way: Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level for construction activities.
  • Terminals 1 and 2: The temporary walkway in front of Terminal 1.5 on the Upper/Departures Level has been demolished, restoring two drop-off lanes.
  • 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.
  • 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. Guests are encouraged to use the Terminal B Pick-Up area on the Lower/Arrivals Level at Parking Structure 3.
  • 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. The inner lanes are closed on the Lower/Arrivals Level, and stops for FlyAway bus and LAX shuttles have moved further east, until the end of March, for installation of a utility vault in the terminal vertical core construction area.
  • 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. Daily and nightly full closures on Center Way from East Way to World Way will be implemented to support the construction of the APM guideway and stations. During peak travel hours (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) travelers will be able to access the area. 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 Feb. 1, 2021.

Approximately 20 spaces on each level of Parking Structure 1 are reserved for low-emission vehicles.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Guests can access maps with real-time information on parking availability by visiting https://www.flylax.com/en/parking-at-lax. 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. Approximately 20 spaces on each level are reserved for Low-Emission Fuel Efficient Vehicles. 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 Sky ways.
  • Parking Structures 2a/2b: The roof of P2a is temporarily closed. The pedestrian bridge from P2a to Terminal 2 is closed, and scheduled for demolition later this month. Guests can reach Terminal 2 from the Lower/Arrivals Level. A temporary exit is available 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 possible at P3 to perform utility work. An automated payment system has replaced the cashier booths, with motorists exiting the structures onto World Way. Passenger pick-up is available on the ground level of P3 (Terminal B Pickup), with taxis allowed to use the western-most curb during a pilot.
  • Terminals 5 and 6: The sidewalk on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be closed for installation of a utility vault until the end of March. A detour will be posted. The crosswalk to P6 and the COVID-19 testing lab will remain open.
  • 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.
The sidewalk and inner lanes are closed on the Lower/Arrivals Level between Terminals 5 and 6 for work to install a new utility vault. Pedestrians are able to detour by using the center island.

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.
  • Arbor Vitae Street: Daytime lane closures are possible Monday-Saturday between Maintenance Drive and La Cienega Boulevard for installation of LADWP’s Permanent Power Duct Bank and utility investigation work for the future ConRAC facility.
  • Aviation Boulevard: One lane is closed in each direction between Century Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street to facilitate APM construction. One through lane will remain open in each direction during the day, but nightly full closures may occur to complete utility work.
  • Aviation/Century boulevards: Work to restore the sidewalks at the intersection may occasionally close the right lane.
  • Century Boulevard: Department of Water and Power work to replace fire hydrants and fire-water lines will close two westbound lanes between Airport Boulevard and Avion Drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays starting later this month. When the work is completed on the westbound side, it will move to the eastbound lanes.
  • Imperial Highway: Metro is scheduled to close Imperial Highway between Aviation Boulevard and Douglas Street in late February for five days for restoration and improvements. More information will be announced closer to the time of the work.
  • Loyola Boulevard/Westchester Parkway: Work to install sewer and storm drains in the area of the Airport Police Facility may occasionally close lanes, but travel lanes in each direction will remain available.
  • 96th Street: Nighttime closures of 96th Street between Vicksburg and Jenny avenues are possible during limited overnight hours to facilitate removal of the APM guideway falsework that spans the roadway. Column construction on 96th Street from Airport Boulevard to Bellanca Avenue may require closures of 96th Street. In the event that these closures are implemented, local access will be maintained.
  • 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.
  • Pershing Drive: Construction of a recycled water line will reduce lanes between Imperial Highway and World Way West weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Construction of a driveway for the Receiving Station-X project, just south of Westchester Parkway, may occasionally reduce the right turn lane and bike lane.
  • 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. 

Asphalt pavement reconstruction work continues on Taxiway A at Van Nuys Airport.

Updates from Van Nuys Airport:

  • Van Nuys Airport’s Taxiway A Rehabilitation Project is now in Phase II of construction and is currently undergoing full-depth asphalt pavement reconstruction at work area nine. Various segments of Taxiway A will be closed throughout the phased construction and access to various tenant leaseholds will be temporarily modified.

  • Aeroplex/Aerolease Group is managing three construction projects at VNY for Signature Flight Support, one of VNY’s Fixed Based Operators (FBO). In the last six weeks over 6 acres of concrete ramp and hangar foundations have been poured, steel hangar frames raised and ground and roof-top water infiltration systems have been installed. As of now approximately 107,000 square feet or 2.46 acres of new ramp area has been developed. The Signature Flight Support projects have employed over 350 people.


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