LAX getting grand $4-billion makeover
At least $4 billion is being spent on additions to Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley terminal, improvements to several domestic terminals and upgraded utilities and taxiways to handle the latest generation of super-sized jumbo jets.
The Bradley terminal additions mean about 1 million additional square feet of floor space and an expanded customs area. The expansion should eliminate the annoying routine of international passengers having to bus to the immigration process area when flights stop short of the Bradley terminal.
Interactive Graphic: The LAX makeover
Other pending projects include a giant passenger processing center and a new concourse west of the Bradley terminal that would add more gates. It would be linked to the main terminal area by a steel-and-glass sky bridge, and an elevated tram would whisk passengers to other remodeled terminals. A new station would link the entire airport to the growing regional rail network.
"We want to do in three years what other airports have done in seven or eight," said Los Angeles airport chief Gina Marie Lindsey, who was hired four years ago to get languishing modernization efforts moving.
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Photo: Carpenter Jerry Flores works on the metal frames that will be installed in the upper arc of a window in the Bradley West project at LAX on July 1, 2011. Contractor Walsh Austin is building the massive project that includes new runways and a new terminal and is expected to be completed in late 2012. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times