Lax Modernization Update: February Construction Activities Expected To Cause Passenger Impacts
Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Major construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue to impact travelers during February 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 new helpful airline terminal finder.
The following roadway lane activities are in effect on a nightly or continuous (24 hours a day, seven days a week) basis in the airport Central Terminal Area:
- A300-foot-long barricade is installed on the Upper/Departures Level curb along the western half of Terminal 1, restricting access to the curbside lane. As a result, commercial transportation vehicles are required to drop off passengers along the curb after the barricade. Because Terminal 1 is located at the entrance to the airport, there may be some traffic backups on the roads leading into the CTA and delays reaching all terminals. The lane closure will shift towards the end of the month to the eastern half of the terminal.
- Rotating lane closures on the Lower/Arrivals Level roadway remain in effect nightly throughout the CTA.
- 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 at the end of April 2016.
- Elevator and stairwell upgrades also are being performed at the southwest corner of Parking Structure 4 and will continue through April 2016. Lane 1 adjacent to Parking Structure 4 is closed 24 hours a day and Lane 2 is closed on a nightly basis.
- Traffic signal work on the Lower/Arrivals Level of the CTAinvolving curbside and nightly inner-lane restrictions continues, as well as closures of some sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Renovations to Elevator Towers 1 and 2 in Parking Structure 6 are underway and Lane 1 adjacent to the structure is closed. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month.
- Construction continues on the Terminal 4 Connector building located between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 4. A bump-out sidewalk is constructed for pedestrian traffic in this area.
Renovations Inside Terminals are also underway:
- Terminal 1: Barricades remain in place on the west side of all levels of Terminal 1 while office spaces and passenger waiting areas are renovated as part of Southwest Airlines’ $508-million Terminal 1 Renovation Project. The food court past the passenger security screening area remains open. Rock & Brews Concert Bar and Grill and Brookstone gift-and-retail outlet recently opened. A new nursing room has opened near Gate 10.
- Terminal 2: As part of LAWA’s nearly $300-million renovation of Terminal 2, a totally new concessions program on both levels is nearing completion. The facility already features a first-ever airport location for local favorites such as Ciabatta Bar featuring organic Italian food; Barney’s Beanery; Sealegs, a wine bar; and Slapfish, a seafood restaurant. All boarding gate/waiting areas are now completed with new ceiling, lighting, carpeting, and seating. New work benches with electrical outlets have been installed at all boarding gates to allow passengers to work or recharge personal electronic devices. Domestic-baggage carousels have all been replaced. Barricades were recently installed to begin work on the ticketing lobbies. All Terminal 2 construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.
- Terminal 3: A new nursing room has opened near Gate 36.
- Terminal 6: Installations of new concessions will continue through this year. Osteria by Fabio Viviani and The Marketplace of Wolfgang Puck Food Court are the latest eateries to open. They join neighboring eateries Habit Burger, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Starbucks Evenings.
- Terminals 7/8: Structural steel work is taking place behind barricades as part of United Airlines’ $574-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.
Sidewalk/Walkway Restrictions and Closures are also in effect at the following locations:
- As part of the Terminal 1 Renovation Project, portions of the sidewalk on the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels will be closed through 2016 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.
- As part of the LAX Curbside Appeal Project, a bump-out sidewalk allows narrow access on the Upper/Departures Level between the Tom Bradley International Terminal to the 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 150-foot-long barricade exists on the easternmost sidewalk of the Terminals 7/8 Upper/Departures Level, effectively closing that sidewalk.
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