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LAX construction project to disrupt traffic over next two years

June 5, 2012 |  9:10 am

LAX lights

Beginning Tuesday, a massive construction project at Los Angeles International Airport will result in various traffic lanes being closed to passenger terminals over the next two years.

Officials at the nation's third-busiest airport said the first closures will involve the three inner lanes on the lower arrivals level from Terminal 3 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

There will also be closures on the upper departures level involving curbside lanes between the west side of Terminal 3 and the north side of the Bradley. The first round of traffic restrictions is expected to end in July.

Pedestrians will still be able to access the sidewalk around the construction, but the escalators and stairs on the north side of the Bradley will be closed through September.

"The lanes that will be closed will be the ones where people normally go to drop off and pick up loved ones," said Albert Rodriguez, an LAX spokesperson.

For the next few weeks, temporary lane restrictions will occur overnight from 1 to 5 a.m. on the lower arrivals level at Terminals 4, 5 and 7.

The lane closures are related to replacement of the airport's central utility plant, which provides air conditioning, heating, ventilation and hot water to passenger terminals and other facilities. Some excavation will be required to extend new water and power lines to the terminals.

The central utility plant is part of a $4.1-billion modernization program at LAX, which includes expansion of the Bradley terminal and 18 new gates for international passengers.

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Photo: Entrance to LAX. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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