Lax Modernization Update: April Construction Activities Expected To cause Passenger Impacts
Published on : Saturday, April 9, 2016
Major construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue to impact travelers during April with sidewalk and vehicle lane closures and in-terminal work. This construction, part of a multi-billion-dollar capital-improvement program underway throughout LAX, will result in a modern airport that significantly improves the overall guest experience. Up-to-date construction alerts showing Central Terminal Area (CTA) roadway lane restrictions and sidewalk closures, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline terminal finder.
- Two construction barricades installed on the western and eastern ends of the Upper/Departures Level in front of Terminal 1 are restricting access to the curb for passenger drop-off. Since Terminal 1 is located at the entrance to the airport, there may be traffic backups on the roads leading into the CTA affecting access to all other terminals. Drivers may find it easier to drop off passengers just beyond the barricade, between Terminals 1 and 2. The western barricade is scheduled to be removed this summer. The eastern barricade will remain in place until March 2017.
- A large portion of the overhead canopy on the Upper/Departures Level between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 4 is finished, the construction barricade mostly removed, and the curbside reopened for passenger drop-off. A shorter portion of the canopy work, which is part of the LAX Curbside Appeal Project, is on-going with a shorter construction barricade in place along the sidewalk. The work is expected to be completed in June.
- Redevelopment of Terminal 7 has closed a 135-foot section of the passenger drop-off area on the Upper/Departures Level, which will remain in place through September.
- Some sidewalks on the Lower/Arrivals Level are restricted as improvements are being made for passengers with mobility disabilities. There is also the potential for rotating lane closures on the Lower/Arrivals Level roadway nightly throughout the Central Terminal Area.
- A barricade installed for elevator and stairwell repairs on the north side of Parking Structure 3 has closed the adjacent traffic Lane 1 for 24 hours a day. Lane 2 is also closed on a nightly basis. The barricade will remain in place until the project is completed later this month and the work will shift to the west-facing elevators. At that time, Lane 1 will be closed on World Way West.
- Elevator and stairwell upgrades are being performed at the southwest corner of Parking Structure 4 and will continue through April. Lane 1 adjacent to Parking Structure 4 is closed 24 hours a day and Lane 2 is closed on a nightly basis.
- Renovations to Elevator Towers 3 and 4 on the west side of Parking Structure 6 are underway, with a portion of the left lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level closed through June. Work is wrapping up on Elevator Towers 1 and 2 on the structure’s east side, and the elevators and stairs have reopened to the public.
- Renovations to Elevator Towers 1 and 2 on the east side of Parking Structure 7 are underway, with a portion of the left lane on the Lower/Arrivals Level closed until July. Due to replacement of lights on the first two levels of the structure, parking will be restricted for several days the first week of April.Terminal Construction/Renovation:
- Terminal 1: Phase 2 of Southwest Airlines’ $508-million Terminal 1 Renovation Project has moved to the eastern part of the terminal, including the former check-in area, with barricades in place. Now open on all levels of the terminal are: a sleek and modern ticketing/check-in lobby with more natural lighting on the terminal’s west side; some boarding gates upgraded with new carpeting, tile, lighting, and work benches and seats equipped with electrical outlets; upgraded restrooms and a separate nursing room near Gate 10; new baggage carousels and baggage-claim office; and new offices. Westfield continues to phase the openings of new concessions, with a total of 24 to be installed through 2017. The food court past the passenger security screening area remains open.
- Terminal 2: As part of LAWA’s nearly $300-million renovation of Terminal 2, a totally new concessions program on both levels opened in February. Nearly all of the boarding gate/waiting areas are now completed with new ceilings, lighting, carpeting, and seating. New benches with electrical outlets were installed at all boarding gates to allow passengers to work or recharge personal electronic devices. Domestic-baggage carousels have all been replaced. Barricades are installed in the ticketing lobby for construction activity, with airlines operating on either side of the work. Renovation work is also going on around Carousel 4 in the baggage claim area. All Terminal 2 construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.
- Terminal 6: Installations of new concessions will continue through this year. Blu2o, an upscale seafood restaurant, opened in March, joining Osteria by Fabio Viviani, Starbucks Evenings, The Habit Burger Grill, The Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Restrooms are currently unavailable in the baggage claim area. Guests should use facilities on the Upper/Departures Level of Terminal 6 or in the adjacent baggage claim area in Terminal 5.
- Terminals 7/8: Structural steel work is taking place behind barricades as part of United Airlines’ $573-million Terminal 7/8 Renovation Project, which is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The waiting area at Gate 71A is closed during the next several months. United’s Baggage Service Office, Baggage Carousel 4, and the Lower/Arrivals Level access for Terminal 8 are closed while a new carousel and an upgraded baggage-service office are built. The elevated walkway to Parking Structure 7 is closed; access to the parking structure is available from the Lower/Arrivals Level. Keep in mind that Terminals 7 and 8 can be reached via East Way, a short-cut between the north and south terminals that will eliminate the need to travel through the entire Central Terminal Area.Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:
- As part of the Terminal 1 Renovation Project, portions of the sidewalk on the Upper/Departures Level will be closed through 2017 with pedestrians routed around barricaded areas.
- Work on the north side elevators in Parking Structure 3 has temporarily closed a portion of the sidewalk. Signs are posted to re-route passengers to other elevators in the parking structure. This closure will shift to the west side of the structure around April 11, when the work shifts to the north-facing elevators.
- As part of the LAX Curbside Appeal Project, a bump-out sidewalk allows narrow access on the Upper/Departures Level in front of Terminal 4, where an overhead canopy will be extended.
- A bump-out sidewalk exists on the Upper/Departures Level at Terminal 7 for work to widen the sidewalk. A 175-foot-long barricade exists on the easternmost sidewalk of the Terminals 7/8 Upper/Departures Level, effectively closing that sidewalk through 2017.
- Landscaping work around Parking Structures 3 and 4 may result in sidewalk restrictions through July. Signs will be posted if and where necessary.
Airport officials are asking motorists to help reduce traffic congestion in and around LAX by taking public transportation to and from LAX, including the inexpensive and convenient FlyAway® bus service to and from Hollywood, Long Beach, Metro Orange Line Bus stop (in San Fernando Valley), Santa Monica, Union Station, Van Nuys and Westwood. If picking up passengers, motorists are encouraged to park and wait at the free LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot at the intersection of 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue, next to the entrance of LAX Economy Parking Lot C.
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