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

06/04/2021 08:00 AM

June 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.

In June, work continues on the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) train guideway and stations, along with Terminal Vertical Core and reconstruction projects in the Central Terminal Area (CTA). Construction is scheduled to begin on the first elevated walkway that will connect Terminals 4 and 5 to the APM's future West Central Terminal Area Station, which will require several nights of full closures in the first half of June.
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.
Work to install an electronic "Smart Parking" system throughout the CTA will reduce available spaces in some structures. To see real-time parking availability, click 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.

The bridge to connect Terminals 1 and 2 beyond security has shown significant progress between March (left) and May, with the steel structure now covered. Over the next few years, Terminals 1-8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal will be connected beyond security.

Terminal Construction/Renovation:

  • Terminal 1: Several airlines are now operating from the new western portion of the terminal. Allegiant, Frontier, Sun Country and Viva Aerobus passengers check in at new ticket counters, use a six-lane Transportation Security Administration checkpoint upstairs and take a dedicated shuttle bus to meet their aircraft at the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal. On the Lower/Arrivals Level, Southwest now has three baggage carousels in Terminal 1, with Carousel 4 used by Allegiant, Frontier and Sun Country.
  • 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. Construction is taking place on a new headhouse for the terminals (photo at the top of this release) as well as a replacement for Terminal 3.
  • 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 moving to a temporary location south of the bag claim construction. 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.
  • 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.
Progress continues on the Airport Police Facility headquarters building, right, and parking structure.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): As construction for the Automated People Mover (APM) system continues, major work will take place heading into the summer months. In June, the first pedestrian bridge that will connect a Terminal Vertical Core to an APM station will be placed, with Terminal 4.5’s pedestrian bridge being installed. A new tower crane between Parking Structures 1 and 7 will help with the erection of steel for the future East CTA station, while construction of the parking structure between P3/P4 continues. Outside the CTA, station construction continues at the Intermodal Transportation Facility-West (ITF-West), while falsework for the guideway on 96th Street between the train system’s Maintenance and Storage Facility will be installed, paving the way for guideway concrete pours. Work on the ITF-West parking structure is winding down as construction of 94th Street, which provides access to the facility, is nearing completion. A fire lane on the south side of the facility has also been paved, while interior painting work and Smart Parking installation is in the final stages. The facility will open to the public in August. At the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, the customer plaza and APM station steel structures are up with the full project topping out in concrete this July. The Idle Storage building is nearly complete, while the Quick Turn Around building is looking more operational by the day with installation of car wash and maintenance bays and fueling stations.
  • Airport Police Facility: Activities for the coming weeks at the headquarters building includes a room-by-room inspection (punch list) walk, touch-up painting, installation of furniture, cabinets, restroom tile work, plumbing fixtures, electrical, and mechanical installations. Final cleaning in some rooms has also begun. Work in the parking structure includes the build-out of interior spaces and equipment rooms. Site work in progress includes construction of concrete planters and walkways, construction of the main driveway entrance at Loyola Boulevard, final grading, irrigation piping, planting of trees, shrubs, and ground cover plants at the landscape areas including at the 94th Street entrance. The perimeter fence on the north and east sides is almost complete. Work in the street on Loyola Boulevard and Westchester Parkway for sewer and storm drain connections is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. 
Full overnight closure of the Lower/Arrivals and Upper/Departures levels west of West Way is scheduled for five nights in June during construction of an elevated pedestrian bridge to a future APM station.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • World Way: Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level for construction activities. Overnight 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: Overnight lane closures will take place throughout June, with a full closure tentatively scheduled for the late night and early morning hours of June 7-11 and June 14-15 to facilitate construction of a pedestrian bridge 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.
  • 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 will be closed between 1 and 9 a.m. daily. Vehicle traffic will be directed to World Way to exit the Central Terminal Area. Vehicles exiting Parking Structure 2a will be routed to eastbound Center Way around the closure to exit the Central Terminal Area. Center Way from East Way to World Way will also be closed nightly from 1 to 9 a.m. During these closures, traffic exiting Parking Structure 1 will be routed to East Way to exit the Central Terminal Area via World Way South. These closures will support the construction of the APM guideway and stations.
  • 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 June 1, 2021.

Portions of Parking Structure 6 will be closed for approximately two weeks in June for painting as part of the installation of a "Smart Parking" system. Electric vehicle chargers are available in P7.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Parking structures are quite busy, 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 https://www.flylax.com/en/parking-at-lax. 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. 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 Structure 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. 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: An automated payment system has replaced the cashier booths, with motorists exiting the structures onto World Way. Work to install an electronic Smart Parking system will reduce available spaces in P3 this month. 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: A temporary walkway is in place on both levels during work on the Terminal Vertical Core.
  • Parking Structures 5 and 6: Work to install an electronic Smart Parking system will reduce available spaces this month. In P6, electric vehicle chargers will be unavailable for about two weeks during painting on the Lower Level. 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 is wrapping up on installation of a new water main on 98th Street, with two-way traffic anticipated to return later this month east of Vicksburg Avenue.

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. A nighttime full closure in the middle of the month north of the 96th Street intersection will facilitate the removal of the APM falsework that spans the roadway.
  • Arbor Vitae Street: Daytime and nighttime 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 and nighttime 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: Intermittent closures of the northbound and southbound ramps at Century and Sepulveda boulevards are possible to prepare for the construction of the APM guideway in the coming months.
  • 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: Traffic is limited to one eastbound lane between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue. Daytime construction activities will occur within this closure. Nightly full closures will be needed to erect falsework for the APM train guideway.
  • 98th Street: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power construction of a new water main is wrapping up, with two-way traffic re-established east of Airport Boulevard. Two-way traffic is expected to resume in June east of Vicksburg Avenue, while the street is limited to eastbound traffic between Sepulveda Boulevard and Vicksburg Avenue.
  • 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.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard: The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services is scheduled to wash the walls in the tunnel south of LAX the week of June 14. On June 14 and 15, two of the three southbound lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. One June 16 and 17, two of the three northbound lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists are advised to allow additional time to reach LAX during the closures.
  • 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 communications 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. 

Progress continues on several projects at Van Nuys Airport, including rehabilitation of Taxiway A (top), and the North (left) and Midfield (right) facilities for Signature Flight Support.

Updates from Van Nuys Airport:

  • Taxiway A Rehabilitation: Earlier this month, full-depth asphalt pavement reconstruction, in pavement lighting system improvements and painting of surface markings were completed for phase 11 of VNY’s Taxiway A rehabilitation project. Construction crews transitioned onto phase 12 on May 19 and have begun asphalt removal and milling in preparation for repaving of the area. Various segments of the taxiways have been modified and planned completion of this project is scheduled for June 29, 2021.

  • Signature North and Midfield projects: Aeroplex/Aerolease Group continues to manage two major construction projects for Signature Flight Support, one of VNY’s Fixed Based Operators (FBO). Signature North project Hangar 2 and 3 doors have been erected, trim and finish pieces are in place and metal siding around exterior of hangar and office bodies was completed. Site fire water and domestic water passed inspection; backfill of trenches has started. Doorway hardware installation and tile work in common area hallways, lobbies and office spaces is also underway. Roof decking at the Midfield project site is complete and ridged insulation installation has begun. Site electrical work such as conduits for lighting, exterior plugs and feeds from transformer vault are all underway. Work on overhead fire suppression piping, HVAC systems, plumbing and framing of office walls is ongoing. These projects continue to promote local workforce and job creation of over 350 trade positions.

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