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

01/03/2022 10:00 AM

Jan. 3, 2022

LAWA Public Relations
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Progress continues on Central Terminal Area projects including the headhouse for Terminals 2 and 3 (top left), and terminal 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 at LAX and VNY, as well as construction impacts to the airport roadways and the surrounding communities.

In January, work will resume on a number of projects that were temporarily paused or slowed for the winter holiday travel period. Following completion of the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) guideway over Century Boulevard, guideway work will shift to Sepulveda Boulevard. Construction is also taking place on the pedestrian walkways connecting Terminal 2 to the APM's future Center Central Terminal Area (CTA) station, and Terminals 4 and 5 to the future West CTA station. Work is anticipated to begin on the walkway connecting Terminal 3 to the future West station this month. Additional work continues on the APM train guideway and stations, along with terminal vertical cores and other modernization projects in the CTA.

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 facility. Work also continues on other elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), including the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, which has less than a half percent of structural concrete remaining to be poured. 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 parking.flyLAX.com. 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.

The north mezzanine in Tom Bradley International Terminal has reopened, providing additional passenger access to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint.

Terminal Construction/Modernization:

  • Terminals 2 and 3: Virgin Atlantic has moved its ticketing from Terminal 2 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Flights 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 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, following a new path of travel through the Terminal Vertical Core. The north mezzanine has reopened for passengers to access the TSA checkpoint. The information desk located on the Lower/Arrivals Level has moved to a temporary location south of the new baggage carousel. Tunnels have opened to allow access to the central entrances on both the Lower/Arrivals and Upper/Departures levels. 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. COVID-19 tests are available in the south end of the terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level (click here for more information).
  • Terminals 4 and 5: The modernization program continues. The main TSA checkpoint in Terminal 4 will temporarily close while it is reconfigured to add a sixth lane. Passengers will be routed to the secondary checkpoint on the Concourse Level for appoximately one month. Several ticket counters are being relocated to the western portion of the ticketing lobby. 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.
Work continues on the Automated People Mover's East CTA station.

Updates on Other Projects:

  • Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): Work to connect the guideway segment over Sepulveda Boulevard is scheduled to begin this month, and continue on the guideway segment spanning Parking Structure 2b from West Way. In addition, the East CTA station, which will service Terminals 7 and 8, is anticipated to be topped out with structural steel in the coming weeks.

  • Airport Police Facility: The Airport Police Facility officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December. 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 terminal 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. Lanes may also be reduced in the area of the future bridge between Terminal 3 and the future West 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jan. 3, 2022.

Electric vehicle chargers have been installed in Parking Structure 6 as part of the Smart Parking project.

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 https://www.flylax.com/en/parking-at-lax. 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 CTA 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 reopened, 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. New electric vehicle (EV) chargers are available in both structures. 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.
Northbound East Way is closed, except for access to the FAA Tower and USO at LAX.

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: For street widening improvements, continuous single eastbound lane closure is needed between Aviation Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard. A one-night intermittent phased eastbound and westbound lane closures between Glasgow Avenue and Ash Avenue is expected this month in order to install additional K-Rail along the eastbound lane. 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: 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, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., near Avion Drive will be required to support utility relocation operations.
  • Century/Sepulveda boulevards: 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 one-night full closure between Hillcrest Boulevard and the 405 freeway off ramp is needed to install K-Rail along the southbound lane followed by a continuous single southbound lane closure between Arbor Vitae Street and the 405 freeway off ramp. Northbound traffic will merge to a single lane between the 405 freeway off ramp and Arbor Vitae Street for the duration of the street widening improvements project.
  • 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: Lane closures may take place during nighttime hours on northbound and southbound Sepulveda Boulevard to construct the APM guideway over the roadway. Single lane or two-lane directional closures of the roadway will only take place during overnight hours. One northbound and southbound through lane will always be available during the lane closures. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's 48-inch water line project will require nightly lane restrictions between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sepulveda Boulevard between Century Boulevard and 98th Street through March 2022. Lanes may be reduced on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for work on a SoCal Gas line project.
  • 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 east of Administration 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, and motorists are reminded to observe the 30-mph speed limit to help protect workers.

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 completion of the parking lot and work on the interior of the building.

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). This past month, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) and the Southern California Gas Company completed the installation of permanent power and gas into the building. Lighting controls, HVAC systems and all final plumbing fixtures and systems are currently being commissioned. Mill work, T-Bar acoustic tiling, curb work and parking lot paving were all completed in the month of December. Installation of interior décor, such as stone top counters, trim panels and glass partition walls, is underway. The project is ultimately nearing completion, with final sign-offs by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) currently in process.

  • Airport Surface Movement Project (ASMP): Reconditioning of Vehicle Service Roads (VSR) at VNY is now completed.

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