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

12/01/2021 09:00 AM

Dec. 1, 2021

LAWA Public Relations
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Progress continues on Central Terminal Area projects including the headhouse for Terminals 2 and 3 (top left), a vertical core at the north end of Tom Bradley International Terminal (top right), a vertical core between Terminals 4 and 5 (bottom left), and a vertical core 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 at LAX and VNY, as well as construction impacts to the airport roadways and the surrounding communities.

In December, work will continue on building the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) guideway over Century Boulevard, with daytime and overnight lane closures. Construction is also taking place on the pedestrian walkways connecting the Terminal 2 to the APM's future Center Central Terminal Area (CTA) station, and Terminals 4 and 5 to the future West CTA station. Additional work continues on the APM train guideway and stations, along with Terminal Vertical Core and other modernization projects in the CTA.


A construction moratorium will be in place late in the month because of the anticipated increase in passenger volume for the winter holidays. Most work inside the CTA that involves temporary lane closures will be on hold, except during overnight hours.
Temporary pedestrian walkways are in place in the construction zones on the Upper/Departures Level, reducing drop-off lane availability. Portions of Center Way are closed for APM guideway and station construction, with other roadways/lanes restricted overnight.
While the LAX Economy Parking structure opened to the public in October, construction continues on a future APM station that will service the structure. Work also continues on other elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), including the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the APM Maintenance and Storage Facility. A link is available for webcams that allow the public to see the ongoing work by clicking here. Photo galleries are available here.
Installation of an electronic Smart Parking system throughout the CTA may reduce the number of available spaces in some structures. Guests can now reserve spaces in several of the garages in the CTA and at the new LAX Economy Parking structure by visiting 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 on the map.

A bridge connecting Terminals 1 and 2 beyond the TSA security checkpoint is now open.

Terminal Construction/Modernization:

  • Terminals 1 and 2: A bridge connecting Terminals 1 and 2 post security has opened, allowing guests to use the new security screening checkpoint in the west end of Terminal 1 to access both terminals. Passengers and employees can move between the two terminals and use amenities in either without having to be rescreened.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: Virgin Atlantic will move its ticketing from Terminal 2 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Dec. 10. Flights will continue to depart and arrive at Tom Bradley. The Terminal 2 baggage claim has temporarily moved to the former Federal Inspection Station (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 (click here for more information). Construction is taking place on a new headhouse for the terminals as well as a replacement for Terminal 3.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Hawaiian Airlines has moved from Terminal 5 to Tom Bradley International Terminal. Guests will check in at ticket counters on the southeast end of Aisle B, and arriving passengers will find their checked baggage at a carousel on the north end of the Lower/Arrivals Level. The information desk located on the Lower/Arrivals Level has moved to a temporary location south of the new baggage carousel. New escalators and elevators are anticipated to open this month in the north portion of the building. The central entrance on the Upper/Departures Level is 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 corner of the terminal is also 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 at the south end of the terminal has been temporarily relocated to Parking Structure 4. Guests and employees are routed to the south mezzanine to access the Transportation Security Administration security screening checkpoint. COVID-19 tests are available in Aisle C in the ticketing lobby on the Upper/Departures Level (click here for more information).
  • Terminals 4 and 5: The modernization 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 the Terminal 4.5 Vertical Core. Carousels 5 and 6 are open in Terminal 5. Gate 51A is temporarily closed for construction.
  • Terminal 6: One gate in the northwestern part of the building is closed for construction of the Terminal 5.5 Vertical Core. Several additional gates are closed for modernization.
  • Terminal 7: A new escalator from the Concourse Level to the Upper/Departures Level has opened.
A ribbon-cutting is scheduled at the Airport Police Facility later this month.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Work to connect the guideway segment over Century Boulevard is scheduled for completion in December, while November saw the start of segmental construction for the guideway that will span Parking Structure 2b from West Way. After the Century work is completed, construction of the segment over Sepulveda Boulevard will get underway in 2022. Station steel topped off at the APM station that will service the LAX Economy Parking facility, while station construction got underway at the Center CTA station. The last of the structural concrete for the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility will be poured in December.

    Airport Police Facility: The Airport Police Division has moved into the new facility, which will be dedicated later this month. Work to install a new traffic signal on Lincoln Boulevard to allow police vehicles to access the site at 94th Street will be scheduled in the future.


Drop-off lanes at the east end of Terminal 4 on the Upper/Departures Level are temporarily closed during work on a new vertical core.

Roadway and Transit Impacts in the Central Terminal Area:

  • World Way: Overnight lane closures are possible on the Lower/Arrivals Level for construction activities. The airport return ramp from the Upper/Departures Level will be closed during limited overnight hours for work on the APM guideway. A detour will be available.
  • 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. Lane closures may be needed in the vicinity of the new pedestrian walkway to the future Center CTA station.
  • 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. SoCal Gas work to install a new gas line could reduce availability of outside lanes overnight on the Lower/Arrivals Level starting at Terminal 3 and continue to Terminal 4.
  • 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. Lane closures may be needed in the vicinity of the new pedestrian walkway to the future West CTA station.
  • 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 at LAX and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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 Dec. 1, 2021.

Work continues on a Smart Parking upgrade to the eight structures in the Central Terminal Area. Features include valet parking and displays that include the number of available spaces.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Parking structures are quite busy, and can fill up. Guests are encouraged to plan ahead, with pre-booking highly recommended, as Smart Parking features begin to roll out in the Central Terminal Area. 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.
  • Parking Structure 1: An electronic Smart Parking system that includes the ability to pre-book spaces, intuitive wayfinding, electric vehicle chargers, valet parking and more is now in place. 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: Parking Structure 2a has reopened, however the roof remains closed for work on the APM's Center Central Terminal Area 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.
  • 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: Work to install an electronic Smart Parking system may reduce available spaces this month. Terminal B Pickup on the Lower/Arrivals Level of P3 has reopen, with taxis allowed to use the western-most curb during a pilot.
  • Parking Structures 5 and 6: Work to install an electronic Smart Parking system will reduce available spaces this month. The pedestrian bridge between P5 and P6 and Terminal 6 has been removed. Guests should access Terminals 5 and 6 from the Lower/Arrivals Level. Pedestrians are detoured around a column for a future elevated walkway east of P6. COVID-19 tests are available at the lab adjacent to P6. Click here for more information.
  • Parking Structure 7: Material removal work and pile testing may reduce the number of spaces available on the ground floor. The western portion of the roof is closed for waterproofing ahead of the installation of a Smart Parking system.
  • 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.
  • World Way South: The sidewalk on the north side of the roadway past Terminal 7 is temporarily closed. A detour is available for pedestrians walking to Sepulveda Boulevard.
Work to connect the APM guideway above Century Boulevard will require daytime and overnight lane closures west of Avion Drive.

Impacts Near LAX: 

  • Airport Boulevard: The dedicated 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. Roadway work at the intersection of Airport and 96th Street may limit the number of available lanes overnight. 
  • Arbor Vitae Street: A continuous single eastbound lane closure is needed between Aviation Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard for street widening improvements. A temporary, single westbound lane closure is possible between La Cienega Boulevard and Airport Boulevard to perform asphalt coring. Metro is conducting tests on the future Crenshaw/LAX line, and trains may occasionally cross the roadway, with signals and gates activated.
  • Arbor Vitae Street/Aviation Boulevard: Day and night intermittent lane closures are possible Monday-Saturday at the intersection for the installation of the LADWP 12-inch water line for the future ConRAC facility.
  • Aviation Boulevard: Nightly full closures are possible between Arbor Vitae Street and Century Boulevard for installation of steel at the future ITF-East station. 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: Daytime and nightly lane closures to support the segmental construction of the APM guideway over the roadway will be in place during the week. Daily lane closures during off-peak hours are possible to support construction in this area. SoCal Gas will close up to two westbound lanes between Avion Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Nightly lane closures near Avion Drive also may be required to support utility relocation operations.
  • Century Boulevard/Sepulveda Boulevard: Intermittent closures of the northbound and southbound ramps at Century and Sepulveda boulevards may be required during overnight hours to work on the APM guideway. Additionally, closures of the LAX access ramp from northbound Sepulveda Boulevard may be required to support APM guideway construction.
  • La Cienega Boulevard: In support of utility enabling and street widening improvements, a two-night full closure between Arbor Vitae Street and Century Boulevard is needed later this month to install K-Rail along the southbound lane followed by ongoing northbound and southbound lane closures between Arbor Vitae Street and the 405 freeway off ramp. A temporary single northbound lane closure is possible between Pardee Street and Arbor Vitae Street to perform asphalt coring.
  • 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 (local traffic only) between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue. Daytime construction activities will occur within this closure. Nightly full closures will be needed to support delivering materials to the elevated guideway to support construction.
  • 98th Street: Westbound lanes are closed between Vicksburg Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard as the LADWP continues working on a project to install a new water main.
  • Pershing Drive: Traffic will be limited to one northbound and one southbound lane from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays between Sandpiper Street and Waterview Street for work on the Receiving Station-X project.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's 48-inch water line project will move onto Sepulveda Boulevard between Century Boulevard and 98th Street with nightly lane restrictions between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. planned through March 2022. Overnight lane closures will take place south of LAX between Dec. 13 and 16 for tunnel cleaning.
  • 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 are reduced between Maintenance Road and Coast Guard Road during daytime utility installation work for a Secured Area Access Post project. Lanes are reduced between Pershing Drive and Maintenance Road for vault and duct bank installation for the Receiving Station-X project, with two-way traffic using the westbound lanes.

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 the Signature Flight Support Midfield project (above left) at Van Nuys, including the recent installation of solar panels on the roof (above right).

Update from Van Nuys Airport:

  • Signature Midfield Project: Aeroplex/Aerolease group continues work on a major construction project for Signature Flight Support, one of VNY’s Fixed Based Operators (FBO). Roof-top solar work is now completed, final testing and sign off with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is scheduled. Installation of automatic sliding doors, sound-proof glass enclosures for conference room and paving of the parking lot have also been completed. General millwork and landscaping work continues and will be on going for the next month. Planned completion of this project is set for the end of 2021.

  • Airport Surface Movement Project (ASMP): Reconditioning of Vehicle Service Roads (VSR) at VNY is scheduled to continue until 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The road will be closed to all vehicle traffic between taxi lane B10 and taxi lane B12.


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