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April 26, 2022

LAX Public Relations
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The four steel sections for the pedestrian bridge structure that will link Terminals 5 and 6 to a future Automated People Mover station weighed a combined 212,400 pounds. 

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced the successful placement of a pedestrian bridge structure over World Way that will eventually connect Terminals 5 and 6 to the Center Central Terminal Area (CTA) Automated People Mover (APM) station. This was the fifth of six bridge structures placed over World Way since June 2021. The last pedestrian bridge, which will connect Tom Bradley International Terminal to the West CTA station, will be placed later this year.


Over the course of four evenings, partially pre-fabricated steel trusses were assembled and lifted into place above the roadway. The separate segments, supported by a shoring tower, were then bolted together to create the structural frame of the bridge. The project team then began installing floor and roof beams to complete the pedestrian walkway’s structural steel.


"Each new pedestrian bridge placed marks another step toward a transformed and more accessible LAX,” said Jake Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). “With five bridges now in place, we can better visualize how our terminals will connect to our future Automated People Mover train system and create an exceptional, connected and efficient experience for our guests and employees."


Due to specific engineering and aesthetic design requirements, an uncommon design called the Vierendeel Truss was proposed by LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS). A Vierendeel Truss is constructed out of horizontal and vertical support elements, eliminating the need for diagonal supports. As a result, the walkway will feature a streamlined profile and clean lines consistent with the principles of mid-century modern design and LAX’s architectural legacy, helping to maintain visual continuity at the airport.

Images from the placement of the pedestrian bridge pieces over the course of four nights.

Previous pedestrian bridge milestones include:

  • June 2021 - First bridge installed at Terminal 4.5, which will connect to the West CTA station
  • September 2021 - Second bridge installed at Terminal 2, which will connect to the Center CTA station 
  • January 2022 - Third bridge installed at Terminal 3, which will connect to the West CTA station
  • March 2022 - Fourth bridge installed at Terminal 1 extension, which will connect to the Center CTA station

In addition, the installation of glass panels on the pedestrian bridges is now underway, and will be followed by moving sidewalks later this year. 


Click here to view an educational video on constructing the pedestrian walkways over World Way. High-resolution photos are available upon request.

The centerpiece of LAX's Landside Access Modernization Program, the APM, is a 2.25-mile electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the CTA, connecting them to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. The APM project is a critical investment into the infrastructure of Los Angeles as the city prepares to host the 2028 Olympic Games. The APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.

To learn more about LAX's modernization, visit

A view of an under-construction pedestrian bridge (left) and a rendering of what a pedestrian bridge will look like once the APM system is operational.
A spliced rendering showing how the pedestrian bridge connects to Terminals 5 and 6, where increased vertical circulation allows for easier passenger movement.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2021 with 48 million passengers, is in the midst of a $15-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.


In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.


LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.


LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. 


LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International-Europe.


LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.


LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the “Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience” in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of “The World’s Best Airports for Business Travelers” (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).


As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.



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