LAX construction starts at Tom Bradley International Terminal
Travelers expecting to fly out of LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal should plan ahead because construction on the building begins Monday, officials said.
Construction will block the first of three entrances to the terminal. Pedestrians will still be able to walk on the curb, but barricades will prevent cars from dropping off passengers at the north entrance. The restrictions are expected to stay in place until next spring.
As part of the first phase of the $23.5-million project, the terminal's glass canopies will be demolished and replaced with new ones made to fit modern architectural themes. The project will also include replacing exterior escalators, installing new signs and replacing street lamps with energy-efficient lighting.
“It's going from the mid-'80s-type of architecture to this new, sleek, curved, metal-type of architecture in a lot of new buildings,” said Albert Rodriguez, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport.
The closure adds to existing restrictions that began in June, which include:
- Barricades around curbside lanes on both departure and arrival levels between Terminal 3 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
- Closures on weekdays from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. on the curb lane on the departure level in front of the international terminal.
- Detours set up from north to south in front of the international terminal on the arrival level.
- Closure of the northwest entrance of parking structure 3.
Although LAX officials don’t expect any major delays, they are advising people to leave for the airport with plenty of time to account for additional congestion.
-- Melissa Leu
Photo: The proposed canopy remodel for LAX's international terminal. Credit: LAX