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 September, work will begin on the installation of a pedestrian walkway connecting the Terminal 2-3 headhouse to the future Center Central Terminal Area (CTA) station for the LAX Automated People Mover (APM). Additional work continues on the APM train guideway and stations, along with Terminal Vertical Core and 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.
Work also continues on other elements of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which includes the APM train system, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, the APM Maintenance and Storage Facility and the Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITF). 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 the number of 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 information counter on the Lower/Arrivals Level at Tom Bradley International Terminal has temporarily moved during construction of a domestic bag claim.
Terminals 2 and 3: Construction is taking place on a bridge to connect Terminals 1 and 2 post security. The 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: 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 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 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 has moved to a temporary location south of the bag claim construction area. 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. No-cost COVID-19 vaccinations are available Monday-Saturday near the Time Tower in the Great Hall (for guests who have cleared security or are changing planes) as well as near the information booth in the international arrivals area on the Lower Level. Click here for more information. COVID-19 tests are available in Aisle C in the ticket 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: Gate 61 is closed for construction of the Terminal 5.5 Vertical Core. Several additional gates are closed for modernization.
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.
Work continues on the APM guideway, including this portion that swings around the Theme Building.
Updates on Other Projects:
Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP): The Automated People Mover (APM) train guideway is now 70% complete, and work to connect the guideway over Century Boulevard is underway. In addition to Century, the only remaining sections to be connected are over Sepulveda Boulevard and between the Center and West Central Terminal Area (CTA) stations. Outside the CTA, station construction is underway at the Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF)-East, which will provide the long-awaited connection to regional transportation in the future. The ITF-West is preparing to make its public debut as substantial completion was achieved Aug. 31. The approximately 4,300-stall parking structure will open this fall. On the east side of the project at the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, ramps to connect the Ready Return/Idle Storage building to the Quick Turn Around building are currently being constructed. Curb and gutter work and construction of future employee parking areas are also underway, while construction of the rooftop customer service area continues.
Airport Police Facility: The Airport Police Facility is in its final stage of completion. Currently, the builder is working on finishing punch list items, commissioning of building mechanical and electrical systems, final inspections, and final cleaning. For the exterior of the site, landscape planting and installation of the irrigation system is complete. Asphalt paving at the perimeter road, quad, and the visitor parking lot is complete.
Work to install a passenger walkway to a future APM station will require overnight lane closures in the vicinity of Terminals 2 and 3 starting later this month.
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: Work to install a pedestrian walkway between the headhouse and the APM’s future Central CTA station will require significant overnight lane closures in the vicinity of the work. More information will be available closer to the work dates. The right drop-off lane in the construction area on the Upper/Departures Level is closed for use as a temporary covered walkway.
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. Guests are encouraged to use the Terminal B Pick-Up area on the Lower/Arrivals Level at Parking Structure 3.
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 at the end of the month 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. During overnight hours, a mobile crane will be used to mount glass panels on the new building, with Upper/Departures Level lanes closed in the vicinity. Pedestrians will be redirected to the Lower/Arrivals area while work is taking place. Hotel/parking shuttle pickup locations will be available on either side of the work area.
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 Sept. 1, 2021.
Supports for new wayfinding lights, part of the smart parking solution being added at LAX later this year, have been installed in Parking Structure 6.
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.
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 Structures 6 and 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.
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 will reduce available spaces 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.
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. COVID-19 tests are available at the lab adjacent to P6. Click here for more information. No-cost COVID-19 vaccinations are available Monday-Saturday in the parking lot next to P6. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
During work to install vaults as part of the Receiving Station-X project, World Way West has reduced lanes, with two-way traffic between Pershing Drive and Maintenance Road.
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.
Arbor Vitae Street: Daytime intermittent lane closures are possible Monday-Saturday between Maintenance Drive and La Cienega Boulevard for installation of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Permanent Power Duct Bank and utility investigation work for the future ConRAC facility. A continuous single eastbound lane closure is needed between Aviation Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard for street widening improvements.
Aviation Boulevard: Nightly full closures are possible between Arbor Vitae Street and Century Boulevard for installation 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: 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.
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.
La Cienega Boulevard: Northbound and southbound lane closures are needed between Arbor Vitae Street and the 405 freeway off ramp for utility enabling and street widening improvements.
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.
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 ductbank 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.com. LAX 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.
At Van Nuys Airport, work has wrapped up on the Signature North project (top) while construction on the Midfield project continues inside the hangar (bottom left) and on the roof (bottom right).
Updates from Van Nuys Airport:
Signature North and Midfield projects: In August, Aeroplex/Aerolease Group announced the completion of a 4.83-acre, $16.8 million major construction project for Signature Flight Support, one of VNY’s Fixed Based Operators (FBO’s). The completed ‘Bonseph VNY North Facility’ features approximately 62,000 square feet of energy efficient hangar and office facilities and a 544-kilowatt solar power generation system with 1,280 panels. Other project features include 77,900 square feet of new FAA design-specified asphalt ramp area with storm mitigation systems and over 20,000 square feet of new asphalt parking lot space. Great progress has also been made on the ‘Midfield’ construction project, Hangar doors have been installed, and east roof solar panels and northside framing are now in place. Painting of fire riser lines is well underway, with work beginning on the fire pump room and main switch gear installation.
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