One of the busiest and least pleasurable airports to travel through has a new obstacle, construction. This means that if you travel through this airport often, there are a few things you need to watch out for as the construction may affect you. Not only is the airport itself going through major changes, but the surrounding area is as well, impacting traffic. We’ve listed some of the changes you need to watch out for this year as LAX goes through a multibillion-dollar modernization project.
A temporary detour route has opened because Aviation Boulevard is being lowered and there will be construction of a new 98th Street extension. This route may be closed overnight or on weekends to facilitate utility work, meaning it may take longer to get into the airport.
Overnight lane closures will frequently occur between Manchester Avenue and Century Boulevard due to pavement rehabilitation. At least one through lane will remain open, and the work will only occur between 12am and 4am. If you tend to take red-eye flights, be aware of these road closures.
Other Surrounding Streets
Intermittent, short term lane closures will occur to allow for underground utility work in the area. This may affect streets such as Century Boulevard, 96th and 98th Streets, Airport Boulevard, Westchester Parkway/Arbor Vitae Street, and the streets listed above. While there will always be at least one through lane accessible, the other lane closures will create heavy traffic so make sure to leave for your flight much earlier than you were planning.
One of the busiest airports in the world is getting a major facelift. LAX officials intend to announce in early October their plans for re-routing commercial ground transportation traffic during the renovations, which is officially called “Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project.”
The plan is expected to allow luxury transportation operators and TCP-licensed commercial-for-hire vehicles to continue to pick up arriving passengers on the lower-level CTA loop, while TNC, such as Lyft and Uber, along with taxi cabs, will be relegated to pick up their arriving passengers at a designated lot just east of Terminal 1.
This is good news for the livery industry, according to Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) leaders, as it could mean that duly licensed limousine and bus companies may reclaim some lost business from high-end corporate clientele, who do not care to hop on a shuttle or walk to the designated pick-up lot. Hotel and car rental shuttles, meanwhile, will continue to roam the upper-level departure loop. GCLA considers this a hard-fought victory, as city and airport officials were uncertain how the Modernization Project was going to impact the luxury transportation industry.
How the Modernization Project, which is expected to last until 2023, will impact traffic, remains to be seen. Of course, LAX hasn’t forgotten about the nearly 175,000 passengers that pass through daily. Airport officials have already implemented update and alert systems online and through social media to give travelers real-time traffic and closure updates.
So, for the next few years, expect some adjustments to your transportation to and from LAX. Unless, of course, you’re riding in style in one of many limousine services. If you would like to keep up with the world of luxury and transportation, please click here.
To see the latest news about the Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project, please visit LAWA.org.