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

08/01/2022 08:00 AM

Aug. 1, 2022

LAWA Public Relations
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Key Updates on Construction Projects at LAX and VNY
Progress continues on projects including the west headhouse for Terminal 3 and bridge to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (top left), and Terminal Vertical Cores at the south end of Tom Bradley (top right), between Terminals 4 and 5 (bottom left), and between Terminals 5 and 6 (bottom right).
(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 on the airport roadways and the surrounding communities.

In August, work continues on the $2.3-billion modernization of Terminals 2 and 3, with the connector between Terminals 1 and 2 temporarily closed during demolition and renovation of the old Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Construction is also taking place on a new connector between Terminal 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal and the remainder of the Terminal 3 concourse. Meanwhile, demolition has been completed on the eastern half of the Terminal 4 headhouse as part of a $1.62-billion modernization project that includes reconstruction of much of the 60-year-old building.


A number of projects related to the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) are also under construction, including five of the elevated bridges that will connect terminals to future stations, and the Terminal Vertical Cores that include elevators and escalators to reach all levels. Exterior metal and glass panels are being installed at several APM stations. The last steel for the West Central Terminal Area (CTA) station will be place in early August.

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.
In addition to the APM, work continues on other elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), including the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and associated street improvements and access roads. 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 is expected to continue through the fall, with intermittent impacts. Guests are encouraged to reserve spaces in the CTA and at the new LAX Economy Parking facility 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 website on LAX Capital Improvement Program projects provides information on recently completed, current and future projects that are transforming LAX. Click here to learn more.

Two baggage carousels have opened in the new Terminal 6 extension.

Terminal Construction/Modernization:

  • Terminal 1: A portion of the western end of the terminal on the Concourse Level is temporarily closed for the installation of a pedestrian bridge connecting the building to the APM's future Center CTA station. The airside connector bridge to Terminal 2 is temporarily closed.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: Three gates are open in the new Terminal 3, with the remainder of the new concourse opening this fall. All gates are accessed through the Terminal 3 headhouse. WestJet ticketing remains in the old Terminal 2 headhouse. With the temporary closure of the connector between Terminals 1 and 2, buses to the Tom Bradley International Terminal currently depart from Gate 24.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: A portion of the new Terminal Vertical Core is open in the north end of the building, providing new escalators and elevators to reach three levels of the terminal, as well as a route for arriving domestic passengers to access Baggage Claim 31 on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Tunnels allow access to the central entrances on both the Lower/Arrivals and Upper/Departures levels. The south entrances to the terminal, the stairway on the south end of the building and escalators are temporarily closed. The bike rack on the Lower/Arrivals Level at the south end of the terminal has been temporarily relocated to Parking Structure 4.
  • Terminals 4 and 5: Demolition has wrapped up on the eastern half of the Terminal 4 headhouse, with work beginning on the replacement facility. Baggage claim is now located in the former Federal Inspection Station (Customs area) in the west end of the terminal. Several ticket counters have been relocated to the western portion of the ticketing lobby. Six gates in the south end of Terminal 4 are temporarily closed for the extension of the concourse.
  • Terminal 6: Two new baggage claim carousels have opened as part of the Terminal Vertical Core between Terminals 5 and 6. On the Upper/Departures Level, new restrooms have opened in the core. The passenger tunnel from the Terminal 6 satellite to the baggage claim area has reopened. Several gates in the southeastern portion of the concourse are temporarily closed for renovations.
Construction of the APM's West CTA station is reflected in the Terminal Vertical Core at the north end of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

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.
  • Terminal 1: Overnight lane closures are possible in the area of the construction of an elevated pedestrian bridge to the APM's future Center CTA station.
  • Terminals 2 and 3: With the new headhouse open, drop-off lanes have been restored on the Upper/Departures Level, although they remain closed east and west of the new facility. Lane closures take place overnight in the vicinity of the new elevated pedestrian bridge to the future Center CTA station, which will be accessed from Terminal 2 once the APM system is open. Lanes are also reduced in the area of the elevated pedestrian bridge between Terminal 3 and the future West CTA station.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B): Drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level on the southern end of the terminal are temporarily closed for the construction of the Terminal Vertical Core. Three through lanes are available in this area, but guests should be dropped off either at the north end of the terminal or past the construction zone. Terminal B Pickup, on the first level of Parking Structure 3, is also an option for dropping guests off.
  • Terminals 4 and 5: One of the two drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level has been replaced by a temporary, covered walkway stretching east from the midpoint of Terminal 4 past the new Terminal Vertical Core. Shuttle stop locations have temporarily changed due to construction at Terminal 4. Overnight lane closures may be needed in the vicinity of the new pedestrian bridge to the future West CTA station.
  • Terminals 5 and 6: Overnight lane closures may be required in the vicinity to support the construction of a pedestrian bridge from Terminals 5 and 6 to the future Center CTA station.
  • Terminal 7: As part of a pilot program, taxis are allowed to pick up passengers on the Lower/Arrivals Level curb at the eastern end of the terminal.
  • 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 a.m. and 7 a.m. daily. Vehicle traffic will be directed to World Way to exit the CTA. Vehicles exiting Parking Structure 2a will be routed to eastbound Center Way around the closure to exit the CTA. Center Way from East Way to World Way will also be closed nightly from 1 to 7 a.m. During these closures, traffic exiting Parking Structure 1 will be routed to East Way to exit the CTA via World Way South. These closures will support the construction of the APM stations.
  • Theme Way: Theme Way is closed between World Way and Center Way for APM construction.
  • 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 Aug. 1, 2022.

During demolition and reconstruction of the Terminal 4 headhouse, one of the drop-off lanes on the Upper/Departures Level is being used for a temporary pedestrian walkway.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:

  • Real-Time Parking Updates: Parking structures are quite busy and have been reaching capacity daily. Guests are encouraged to use the LAX Economy Parking facility, and plan ahead, with pre-booking highly recommended, as Smart Parking features roll out in the CTA. 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: Premium and valet parking are available on the ground floor as part of the Smart Parking system that includes the ability to pre-book spaces, intuitive wayfinding, electric vehicle (EV) chargers and more. 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 is open, and includes both premium and valet parking options, however the roof remains closed for work on the APM's Center CTA station. A temporary exit is available from P2b onto West Way.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: The exterior staircase and escalators on the south end of the building are closed as work has shifted south. The temporary pedestrian walkway also has been extended further south on the Upper/Departures Level.
  • Parking Structures 3 and 4: Terminal B Pickup on the Lower/Arrivals Level of P3 is available, with taxis allowed to use the western-most curb during a pilot. Some stalls may be unavailable during work to construct the APM's West CTA station.
  • Parking Structures 5 and 6: New EV chargers are available in both structures. A covered walkway has been installed under the elevated passenger bridge to the future APM Center CTA station. COVID-19 tests are available at the lab adjacent to P6. Click here for more information.
  • Parking Structure 7: Material removal and construction of pedestrian bridge foundations may reduce the number of spaces available on levels 2 and 3. A portion of the roof is closed for waterproofing ahead of the installation of a Smart Parking system. A portion of the down ramp from the roof will be temporarily closed with flaggers directing traffic. EV chargers are temporarily unavailable in the structure, with guests directed to use chargers in P1, P5 or P6.
  • 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.
Eastbound Century Boulevard is reduced to three lanes between Sepulveda Boulevard and Avion Drive during work to widen the roadway.

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.
  • Arbor Vitae Street: For street widening improvements, a continuous single eastbound lane closure is needed between Aviation Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard. Temporary closures of eastbound traffic lanes may occur between Airport Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue. A daily single westbound lane closure is required between Hindry Avenue and South Glasgow Avenue to facilitate the installation of a new Southern California Gas Company service for the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility.

  • Arbor Vitae Street/Aviation Boulevard: Day and night intermittent lane closures are possible Monday through Saturday at the intersection for the installation of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (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 Intermodal Transportation Facility-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.
  • Century Boulevard: Eastbound Century Boulevard is temporarily reduced to three lanes between Sepulveda Boulevard and Avion Drive as part of a road widening project. Lane closures may take place during nighttime hours on eastbound and westbound Century Boulevard to support nearby utility operations. At least one lane of traffic will remain open in all directions at all times. Through traffic and access to local businesses will be maintained.
  • 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 northbound Sepulveda Boulevard and eastbound Century Boulevard access ramps from LAX may be required to support roadway activities.
  • La Cienega Boulevard: Relocation of an underground fiber line will require nightly full and/or directional closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Century Boulevard abd Arbor Vitae Street through November. Detours will be available. In support of utility enabling and street widening improvements, a continuous single southbound lane closure is needed between Arbor Vitae Street and the 405 freeway off ramp. Additionally, 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.
  • Lincoln Boulevard: Installation of a traffic signal for the Airport Police Facility may temporarily reduce lanes near 94th Street, north of Westchester Parkway.
  • 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. Traffic lanes may be reduced between Vicksburg Avenue and Airport Boulevard to support roadway improvement operations.
  • 98th Street: Westbound lanes are closed between Vicksburg Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard as LADWP continues working on a project to install a new water main.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard: Lane closures may take place during nighttime hours on northbound and southbound Sepulveda Boulevard to support finishing operations on 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.
  • 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: Eastbound World Way West is reduced to one lane east of Pershing Drive during work on a future reclaimed water line. One westbound lane is closed between Pershing Drive and Maintenance Road for vault and duct bank installation for the Receiving Station-X project. 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. 

Crews applied markings to the upgraded Runway 16L at the end of July.

Update from Van Nuys Airport (VNY):

  • Runway 16L and 16R Improvements: Work continues on VNY's $13.1 million, eight-month project to reconstruct Runway 16L. The project will deliver important safety enhancements and extended lifetime to the airfield facilities that contribute to VNY’s world-class status. Contractors continue to focus on work area 3, which is scheduled to be completed this month. In July, construction crews successfully placed and compacted P154 base material and installed shoulder lighting conduit and pull wire. Workers continue with airfield striping and hydroseeding and watering of the infield areas. Improvements will ultimately be phased to maximize federal grant reimbursements and minimize operational impacts to daily operations during construction.

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