Construction on a multi-billion dollar development program at Los Angeles International Airport continued Wednesday after officials lifted two holiday construction moratoriums. Now that the airport's record-setting holiday travel season is over, travelers should be aware of road closures and possible terminal changes.
This year's projects include a "people mover" designed to cut foot traffic by as much as 40 percent, landscape updates, terminal streamlining and parking structure repairs.
Roadwork on Parking Structure 3, for instance, will cause traffic delays, and the left-most lane on the departures level may be closed between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. as crews finish elevator repairs and landscaping, LAX spokesman Charles Pannunzio told KPCC.
Here are the projects that will continue in 2017, according to the Los Angeles World Airports website:
- a consolidated security screening checkpoint
- a fully automated checked baggage inspection and sorting system
- an integrated passenger waiting room/concessions program
- refurbished arrival/ baggage claim area
- replacement of the passenger boarding bridges
- renovations to airline support office space
- relocation of the main entrances towards the west end of the building to ease traffic congestion
- new ramp pavement and hydrant fuel system improvements.
- improvements to the baggage claim area and electrical systems that serve the terminal
- new retail and dining establishments
- a connector that will link the Tom Bradley International Terminal with Terminal 4
- a checked baggage inspection system
- outdoor seating on the upper level
- renovation of the American Airlines' Admiral Club
- renovation of the food court area
- the addition of 20,000 square feet for a United Club lounge on a new fourth level of Terminal 7
- updates to the check-in lobby that maximizes use of incoming light and incorporates the latest self service tools, including self-tagging baggage kiosks.
- Passenger security screening will be consolidated from the current four locations into a single location with 12 lanes.
- The remodeled boarding gate areas will feature a modern design, including a variety of comfortable seating options and numerous charging stations for customers’ electronic devices.
- All public restrooms in Terminals 7 and 8 will be replaced with new environmentally efficient restrooms.
- The existing Checked Baggage Inspection System will be replaced with a new efficient, high-speed system.
You can see a full list of the current construction projects at LAX here, including major updates to the airport's path's for travelers with disabilities and runway updates.