How summer construction at LAX will affect your ride to the airport

Daily Deal and Travel Blogger

Los Angeles International Airport is gearing up for more construction work inside and out this summer. Expect to find temporary traffic lane closures, temporary sidewalk closures and the continuing use of buses at Terminal 4 to shuttle passengers out to remote gates.

It’s all part of the $4.11-billion makeover of the airport. Will you get caught in a traffic jam and miss a flight? Hard to say, but with increased construction in upcoming months, it’s never a bad thing to allow even more time to get to and from the airport.

Here’s some of what’s in store, according to an LAX announcement Tuesday.


--Tom Bradley International Terminal: The airport screening area on the terminal’s south side closes Friday (today) for escalator/elevator work. The Transportation Security Administration will operate a temporary screening area toward the back and center of the ticketing area with eight checkpoints -- two more than the shuttered one -- until fall.

--The Connector Project: You may already have had the experience of being bused from Terminal 4 to remote gates on the west side of the airport toward Dockweiler State Beach. That’s because workers are building a post-security bridge for connecting passengers between Terminal 4 and the Bradley terminal. It isn’t expected to be finished until late 2015.

--Terminal 5: Fliers can expect to see and hear construction in this terminal as Delta Air Lines continues its upgrade. Work is scheduled to continue through 2015.

--Sidewalks at the Bradley terminal’s Upper Level, Terminals 1 and 7, and parking structures 1 and 7 will partly and intermittently be closed over the summer. Passengers will be rerouted around the work areas.

--Lane closures: The inner lane of the Lower Level roadway (arrivals level) will close for a reinforcement project on the Upper Level. The lane will be closed sporadically as crews move from terminal to terminal from 1 to 8 a.m. through June 24.

For more information on real-time closures and traffic, check the airport’s Lax Is Happening website.