LAX Construction Traffic Advisory
LAneXt™ AIRPORT MODERNIZATION TO BEGIN AFFECTING CENTRAL TERMINAL AREA ROADWAY TRAFFIC
Construction To Begin Tuesday, June 5 and Last Over Two Years
Beginning Tuesday, June 5, the first of several temporary lane closures will take effect within the Central Terminal Area roadways at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) -- marking the start of vehicular traffic impacts expected over the next two years from various construction projects that are part of the current $4.1-billion LAneXt™ airport modernization program. Passengers, motorists, airport workers and vendors should plan accordingly and allow more time to get to/from LAX. Up-to-date construction traffic alerts related to LAneXt™ can be found at www.la-next.com and at LAX’s social media sites at www.Twitter.com/LAX_Official and www.Facebook/com/LAInternationalAirport.
The following Central Terminal Area roadway and pedestrian alerts will begin at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, and end as noted:
The closure of the inner lanes between Terminal 3 and TBIT is due to the $438-million Central Utility Plant (CUP) Replacement Project. This project will replace the 50-year-old existing CUP with a modern, energy-efficient facility featuring state-of-the-art computerized management systems that will provide heating, air conditioning and electricity to the nine passenger terminals and other buildings in the Central Terminal Area. Future lane closures are expected as 8.7 miles of distribution and plant piping are installed between the new CUP and terminals.
The closures of the escalators and stairs and Upper/Departures Level curb between Terminal 3 and TBIT are due to the $43-million TBIT Front and Canopy Project that will modernize the front of the international terminal and replace current glass entrance canopies with sleek, modern ones that offer improved lighting. This project is in addition to the on-going $1.545-billion New Tom Bradley International Terminal, which will feature 18 new gates (nine of which will handle new-generation aircraft such as the Airbus A380); 150,000-square-foot Great Hall for shopping, dining, airline lounges and other passenger amenities; new passenger security screening station; and upgraded customs and immigration inspection areas. Phase I of New TBIT (the west gates and Great Hall) will open Spring 2013 and the rest of the terminal a year later. Replacement of the escalators in front of TBIT is part of a $270-million Elevator, Escalator and Moving Walkway Modernization Project to be completed in phases by 2016.
According to airport officials, up until now, LAneXt™ airport capital improvement projects did not impact vehicular traffic on the Central Terminal Area roadways because the projects occurred on the airfield, inside the terminals, or on the sidewalks. Some of the major earlier projects include the $737-million renovation of the current Tom Bradley International Terminal completed March 2010; $333.8-million South Airfield Improvements completed June 2008; $13.5-million replacement Los Angeles Fire Department LAX Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station 80 completed November 2010; $12.3-million renovation and seismic retrofitting of the iconic LAX Theme Building completed June 2010; $13.9-million LAX Airport Response Coordination Center completed December 2010; $82-million Crossfield Taxiway completed June 2010; the $175-million Taxilane S Project completed September 2011; and the $238-million renovation of Terminal 6 by Alaska Airlines completed March 2012.
Airport personnel are carefully coordinating closures to ensure vehicular traffic flows as smoothly as possible. The following tips will help passengers plan their next trip to LAX:
A 2011 study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation found that the LA NeXt™ modernization program, comprised of nearly 25 individual projects, is having an enormous impact on the local economy by creating nearly 40,000 jobs and generating $2.62 billion in worker wages. In addition, operations in the completed facilities are expected to create thousands of permanent jobs, ensuring LAX will continue to be a regional economic engine for years to come.
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