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

05/04/2021 11:00 AM

May 4, 2021

LAWA Public Relations
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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 (bottom right).
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.

Two new facilities will open in May, with airlines beginning operations at the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal and the extension of Terminal 1. Viva Aerobus became the first airline to use the new buildings on Saturday, May 1, and additional airlines will move into the new facilities in the weeks and months to come.
Meanwhile, 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). Work could begin on the first new walkway from Terminals 4 and 5 to the future West APM station this month. 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 also continues on other 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.

 Viva Aerobus moved its opertations from Terminal 6 to the new portion of Terminal 1 on May 1.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: Airlines are beginning operations from the new western portion of the terminal this month. Viva Aerobus began operations on May 1, and is scheduled to be followed by additional airlines later this month. Follow @FlyLAXAirport on Twitter or visit for further information on the transition dates. Gate 12A has reopened.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: Construction is taking place on a bridge to connect Terminals 1 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 is available on the north end of Terminal 2 on the Lower/Arrivals Level. The former Terminal 3 headhouse has been demolished as part of 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 are open on both levels. On the Lower/Arrivals Level, the entrance on the north side of the terminal, facing Terminal 3, remains open. The stairway on the south end of the terminal is temporarily closed, but the escalators remain open. The bike rack on the Lower/Arrivals Level the south end of Tom Bradley has been temporarily relocated to Parking Structure 4. Barriers are in place in the north end of the terminal for construction of a domestic baggage claim. The information desk located on the Lower/Arrivals Level is scheduled to temporarily move south of the construction area this month. Due to construction on the north mezzanine, guests and employees are routed to the south mezzanine to access the Transportation Security Administration security screening checkpoint. The passenger tunnel to the West Gates at Tom Bradley has opened, with operations from the new facility ramping up this month.
  • 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. Carousels 5 and 6 are open in Terminal 5. Gate 51A is closed for construction of a terminal vertical core.
  • Terminal 6: Gate 61 is closed for construction of a terminal vertical core. Several additional gates are closed in preparation for a renovation project.
  • Terminal 7: Construction walls have been removed in the ticketing lobby in the area of the future terminal vertical core. A staircase has temporarily replaced an escalator between the Upper/Departures Level and the Concourse Level. Nearby elevators remain available.
An aerial view shows progress on the Airport Police Facility, scheduled to open later this year.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Approximately 40 percent of the Automated People Mover (APM) train guideway has been poured as construction continues along the 2.25-mile alignment. Steel for the Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West) station has been erected, while plinths, which the guideway train rides on, have also been installed near the ITF-West station. Falsework has been removed from the guideway over the Metro Crenshaw/LAX line and 98th Street, revealing the completed sections. The Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility project has poured approximately 85 percent of its total concrete and will top off this summer. Steel for the station canopies and customer plaza has been erected on the roof of the Ready Return building, while solar panels on the Quick Turn Around building roof have also been installed. The ITF-West continues finishing work with the final exterior façade fins being installed in April, while installation of smart parking infrastructure on the first three levels of the facility continues.
  • Airport Police Facility: Activities for the coming weeks at the headquarters building include the installation of metal panel screens on the roof to shield the mechanical equipment. Inside the building, the work includes the installation of modular furniture, cabinetry, storage cabinets, lockers in the locker rooms, office furniture, flooring and sealed concrete floor finishes, tile installation, sinks, counters and plumbing fixtures in the restrooms, and the beginning of final cleaning in different areas of the building. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work continues. Work at the parking structure includes the build-out of interior spaces and equipment rooms. Site work in progress includes rough grading at landscaped areas, construction of concrete retaining walls and walkways, installation of a permanent perimeter fence on the north and east sides, the installation of landscape irrigation piping, and the construction of the secondary entrance and road at 94th Street. Work has begun for storm drain and sewer connections on Loyola Boulevard and Westchester Parkway. Construction of the main driveway entrance, reconstructing intersection ADA ramps, a new sidewalk on the south side of 94th Street is anticipated to start this month.
The entrance to Parking Structure 2b and the left-most lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level is closed continuously, with additional lanes closed at night, for work on the APM guideway until late May.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • World Way: Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level for construction activities. Full closures on the Upper and Lower levels may occur this month to facilitate steel erection for the future Terminal 4.5 pedestrian walkway in the very early morning hours. More information will be available prior to start of this work.
  • 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. The left lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be closed continuously while two additional lanes will be closed overnight near the entrance to Parking Structure 2b until late May.
  • 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: Outer lane closures on the Lower/Arrivals Level are possible to construct the scaffolding supporting the pedestrian bridge construction at Terminal 4. 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 temporarily closed on the Lower/Arrivals Level, and stops for FlyAway bus and LAX shuttles have moved further east, for installation of a utility vault in the terminal vertical core construction area.
  • East Way: Overnight closures are possible on both levels for construction of the APM guideway. Northbound East Way is 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. A single night of full closure on Center Way from Theme Way to East Way is expected in order to facilitate concrete placement for the APM guideway.
  • Theme Way: Theme Way is closed between World Way and Center Way for APM construction through July 2022.
  • West Way: Northbound West Way is temporarily closed between World Way South and World Way North on the Lower/Arrivals Level 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 construction of the APM guideway.
Central Terminal Area roadways with full-time lane closures as of May 3, 2021.

Support structures for lights to indicate available spaces have been installed in portions of Parking Structure 1 as work continues on a new Smart Parking system that will be rolled out later this year.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Parking structures are starting to fill up, and guests are encouraged to plan ahead. Check the latest information on parking availability by visiting the @FlyLAXstats Twitter feed. 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.
  • 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: During work to install an electronic Smart Parking system, some spaces will be unavailable this month. Electric vehicle chargers are temporarily unavailable, with motorists advised to use chargers in Parking Structures 6 and 7. 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 due to construction on the Center CTA APM station. The pedestrian bridge from P2a to Terminal 2 has been removed. Guests can reach Terminal 2 from the Lower/Arrivals Level. The Lower/Arrivals Level entrance to P2b will be temporarily closed until May 24. Motorists can access the structure from the Upper/Departures Level or use P2a or P3. 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. The staircase on the south end of the building is also 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 later this spring. A detour is posted. The crosswalk to P6 and the COVID-19 testing lab will remain open.
  • Parking Structures 5 and 6: Work to install an electronic Smark Parking system will reduce available spaces this month. The entrance to P5 from the Lower/Arrivals Level will be closed through May 14, but the structure can be accessed from the Upper/Departures Level. Between May 14 and 21, the P5 entrance from the Upper/Departures Level will be closed, but the entrance on the Lower/Arrivals Level will be open. 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.
Northbound West Way is temporarily closed during construction of the Automated People Mover train.

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. The continued closure of a single eastbound lane is needed for approximately a week to install a new water line just east of Airport Boulevard. Similar closures in that area may be required later in the month to facilitate work in the alley.
  • Arbor Vitae Street/Aviation Boulevard: Daytime lane closures are possible Monday-Saturday at the intersection for installation of LADWP’s Permanent Power Duct Bank and utility investigation work for the future ConRAC facility.
  • Aviation Boulevard: Nightly full closures are possible between Arbor Vitae Street and Century Boulevard for installation of LADWP’s Permanent Power Duct Bank and utility investigation work for the future ConRAC facility. 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.
  • Aviation/Century boulevards: Work to restore the sidewalks at the intersection may occasionally close the right lane.
  • Century Boulevard: Nightly lane closures are possible for construction activities in preparation for building the APM guideway over the roadway.
  • Century Boulevard/Sepulveda Boulevard: Nightly closures of the northbound and southbound ramps at Century and Sepulveda boulevards through the end of the month will facilitate construction of columns within the loops that will support the APM guideway.
  • 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: APM column construction has completed between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue, but the roadway will stay in an eastbound-only traffic configuration as the erection of falsework for the train guideway is imminent.
  • 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. Lanes between World Way West and Westchester Parkway may be reduced weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during work to install communications fiber.
  • 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.
  • Westchester Parkway: Lanes may be reduced weekdays between Pershing Drive and Falmouth Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during work to install communcations fiber.
  • World Way West: Lanes will be reduced between Permits Road and Coast Guard Road during daytime utility installation work.

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. 

Construction continues on the Signature North project at Van Nuys Airport

Updates from Van Nuys Airport:

  • After completion of the Ground Service Equipment project in March, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group continues to manage two other construction projects for Signature Flight Support, one of VNY’s Fixed Based Operators (FBO). The Signature North project is well underway as hangar room penetration and duct work has been completed. Hangar door frames are being assembled, motors have been attached to frames and the indoor electrical wires have been pulled for hangar outlet installation. Significant progress has also been made on Signature’s Midfield project, primary steel framing has been completed and secondary steel is now being installed. Underground utility work such as sanitary sewer, low voltage and electrical systems are currently being installed.

  • The Taxiway A Rehabilitation project is currently on work area No. 12 of 13. Taxiway A is undergoing full-depth asphalt pavement reconstruction, infield grading and drainage enhancements and intersection widening improvements at the connector taxiways. This project is expected to be completed in June. Various segments of Taxiway A will be closed throughout the phased construction, and access to various tenant leaseholds has been temporarily modified.

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