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LAX Construction Expected to Cause Delays

Several drop-off areas at the Bradley Terminal will be blocked.

Construction began on Monday on an overhaul of the facade of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

The departure level curbside lane between the international terminal and Terminal 4 is to be shut down starting early this morning. The lane closure is part of the initial phase of a $23.5 million project to replace glass canopies in front of the terminal with new ones that mirror the architecture of the new international terminal now under construction.

The project, which is expected to cause severe traffic backups near the terminal, is scheduled for completion in spring 2013. It will include new outside escalators, signage and energy-efficient lighting.

Cars will be blocked from dropping passengers off at the first of three entrances to the Bradley Terminal, but access to the second and third entrances will remain open, as will the pedestrian sidewalk along the terminal.

Additionally, lane closures related to the the $438 million Central Utility Plant Replacement Project will continue. Curbside lanes between Terminal 3 and the Bradley Terminal will be closed on both the departure and arrival levels. The airport is replacing its 50-year-old power plant with a modern facility including new computerized management systems. The new power generator will provide heating, cooling and electricity to the nine terminals and other buildings at LAX.

The airport has still more lane-closing roadwork planned in order to add 8.7 miles of piping between the new central utility plant and terminals.

Airport officials said they are trying to coordinate lane closures to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible during  construction. Passengers, motorists, airport workers and vendors are urged to allow more time getting to and from the airport. Real-time traffic conditions are available here.

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