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LAX Modernization Work: What Passengers Need To Know

LAX Modernization Work: What Passengers Need To Know
April 08
10:00 2017

MIAMI — The modernization work will proceed on April for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). All the passengers using the airport need to prepare in advance their trips, due to vehicle lane and sidewalk closures and in-terminal effort at Terminal 1.

Despite that, information for the visitors such as Central Terminal Area (CTA) sidewalk closures and roadway lane restrictions, as well as a pedestrian walking map and helpful airline terminal finder, can be found here.

Roadway Impacts in and near the CTA: 


The main construction area at Terminal 1 will impact the drop-off lane on the Upper/Departure Level. Roadblocks are scheduled to reach 120 feet west further on the first days of the month, and later, 200 feet of roadblocks on the eastern end of the construction area will be removed.

Also, a new drop-off and pick-up zone will open for Lot C buses and parking shuttles only. Any other vehicles will be excluded from using this area.

Passenger drop-off throughout early mornings and middays represent traffic backups on the roads leading into the CTA, affecting access to the rest of the terminals. Drivers may find it easier to drop off passengers between Terminals 1 and 2, to evade traffic obstruction at LAX from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; motorists are asked to use the Lower/Arrivals Level to drop off passengers, who can take escalators, stairs or elevators to the Upper/Departures Level.

  • Work to install metal panels on the elevator tower at Parking Structure 3, may demand the closing of the left-most lane Monday-Saturday mornings on the Lower/Arrivals Level through May.
  • United Airlines’ 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 April.
  • Through the first two weeks of April is expected lane closures due to tree trimming in the Central Terminal Area.
  • Caltrans work to seal bridges on Interstate 105 in the LAX area will result in some lane and access ramp closures Monday-Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • The City of El Segundo will be resurfacing eastbound Imperial Highway between Sepulveda Boulevard and Hornet Way, reducing lanes with occasional full closures that could impact the Interstate 105 on-ramp at Hughes Way. Motorists can avoid the work, which will take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by accessing Interstate 105 from Sepulveda Boulevard or continuing south to eastbound Maple or Mariposa avenues and then northbound Douglas Street. Paving work will take place over one weekend, likely April 8-10, starting Friday at 9 p.m.
  • Work to remove temporary supporting “falsework” for the new Aviation/Century Metro Station will require overnight directional closures of Century Boulevard between Aviation Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue. Starting at 10 p.m., Westbound lanes will be closed the nights of April 3-7, and the eastbound lanes the nights of April 10-14. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. and there will be no work either on Saturday nor Sunday nights (A detour will be posted.)

Terminal Construction/Renovation:


  • Phase 2 of Southwest Airlines’ $509-million Terminal 1 Renovation Project is shifting to the central part of the terminal, including the installation of a new restroom core and food court at the current Security Screening Check Point. A new screening area will open April 3. Passengers will use a tunnel to bypass construction on the ticketing level. The current food court and Gate 10 will remain open, with passengers directed around construction. In the baggage claim area, passengers will be directed to the right when they reach the bottom of the escalators from the concourse. The pedestrian bridge connecting Parking Structure 1 and the terminal are closed, with signs placed to direct passengers. The restrooms on the ticketing level have been temporarily replaced by unisex restrooms on the western side of the lobby. Passengers may also use restrooms located on the Lower/Arrivals Level or in the terminal beyond passenger security screening. Gates 16A, 16B, 18A and 18B are temporarily closed. Reilly’s Irish Pub has opened near Gates 13 and 15. Westfield is phasing in new concessions, with a total of 24 to be installed through 2017. A water bottle filler is available in baggage claim.
  • Terminal 3: A food court, including Shake Shack, LA Life, and a new Starbucks location, will open later this year. La Familia, a restaurant and tequila spot, will begin construction with an opening set in late 2017.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT): Gates 122, 123A, 123B and 123C are closed for renovation. When they reopen, they will be numbered 135, 137, 139 and 141.
  • Terminal 4: Two new Automated Screening Lanes (ASLs) opened in March at the TSA Security Screening Check Point. One of the lanes is assigned to Pre-Check customers, while the other is open to all passengers. The ASLs allow five travelers to fill their bins at the same time. Wait times are expected to be reduced by 30 percent. American Airlines continues the multi-million dollar renovation of the Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge and further upgrades to terminal signage. American is set to receive new customer buses for inter-terminal transportation.
  • Terminal 5: American Airlines has relocated its four gates at Terminal 6 to Terminal 5, which is adjacent to American’s hub operations in Terminal 4, improving operations and the customer experience. The bus to the American Eagle terminals leaves from Gate 52.
  • Terminal 6: Delta Air Lines will operate for several months from Gates 60-63 in addition to Gates 68A, 68B and 69B. A Peet’s Coffee store is under construction and will open later this year.
  • Terminals 7/8: United Airlines is continuing Terminal 7/8 Renovation Project scheduled for completion in early 2018. The Security Screening Check Point at the bridge level is permanently closed. The bridge from Parking Structure 7 is closed through May 2017 for elevator demolition and construction. Access to the parking structure is available on the Lower/Arrivals Level.Two new elevators are being constructed near the bridge and expected to open in May. Gates 75B and 77 are closed for renovations. Work continues on a new Baggage Carousel 1, with temporary walls in place – it is expected to open at the end of May. The United Baggage Service office is in a temporary location near the new restrooms on the west end of the baggage claim area and must be accessed from the street.

Sidewalk/Walkway/Parking Structure Restrictions and Closures:


  • Parts of the Upper/Departures Level sidewalk will be closed through 2017, as part of Southwest’s Terminal 1 Renovation Project, and of the drop-off lane will be sectioned off to work as a walking path during construction obstacles are shifted westward.
  • Through mid-April, Parking is prohibited on the roof of Parking Structure 1, because of waterproofing work.
  • Work on the west side elevators at Parking Structure 3 has momentarily closed a portion of the sidewalk. A detour leads passengers safely to the crosswalk to reach Terminal 3. Signs direct passengers to other elevators in the parking structure.
  • The crosswalk connecting Parking Structure 3 and TBIT on the Lower/Arrivals Level was recently opened.
  • Work to install security bollards on the Upper/Departures Level will close portions of the sidewalk in front of Terminals 1, 4 and 7. An ADA-compliant path of travel will be maintained at all times.
  • During April, the elevators on the west side of Parking Structure 7 are closed, with passengers directed to the lately restored elevators on the east side of the building. Also, the nearby sidewalk along East Way and World Way is closed.
  • Pedestrians are routed to a bump-out sidewalk on the Upper/Departures Level at Terminal 7 while the sidewalk is widened. A 175-foot-long barricade exists along the easternmost sidewalk on the Upper/Departures Level of Terminals 7/8 through 2017.

Landside Access Modernization Program: Los Angeles World Airports introduced the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), to upgrade the passenger experience, decrease congestion and improve LAX’s rank as a world-class airport. Also, it includes an Automated People Mover for access to the CTA, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center and connection to Metro light-rail service, requires federal and local permission as a member of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Therefore, some exploratory activity, such as geotechnical surveying, has taken place. In the near future, crews are supposed to start installing survey markers in the CTA.


Please note that all dates provided in this notice are subject to change.

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