Published on : Wednesday, January 15, 2014
During their meeting today, Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners awarded a $118 million contract for the construction of LAX’s Central Terminal Area (CTA) Curbside Appeal Project to Myers & Sons Construction and J. Banicki Construction Inc., a joint venture.
The Curbside Appeal Project will provide a new, dramatically upgraded look for LAX with the installation of modern LED street lighting, wayfinding components and new canopies for Terminals 3 and 4. The project will also include traffic safety and roadway improvement measures including a second level (departures level) retrofit and traffic improvements to World Way South and Center Way.
“For too long LAX has been known to travelers and guests as nine unrelated terminals connected by a traffic jam,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said. “By bettering our roadways and providing a consistent architectural theme, we will alter that perception while creating a lasting, noticeable change in LAX’s aesthetics, safety and function – change that will last for years to come.”
These visual enhancements are currently on display at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with the remaining CTA set to begin its transformation in Spring 2014. This much needed facelift to the city’s gateway to the world will include aesthetic improvements to the terminal area including: the installation of custom-made art deco LED light poles similar to the lighting provided by the LAX’s signature pylons; sleek, metallic silver canopies in front of Terminals 3 and 4 evoking the golden age of aviation; and a programmable LED light band running the length of the CTA and covering a portion of the outside upper roadway, which can play programed video graphics and display light shows, offering a world-class welcome to travelers and visitors alike.
For traffic functionality and safety enhancement, the Curbside Appeal Project will also involve retrofitting the second level roadway by removing and replacing expansion joint seals, repairing hinges, replacing the barrier rail, traffic signal work, deck drainage improvements and roadway striping, bearing pad replacements and traffic control signage. The World Way South/Center Way Traffic Improvements will create an additional lane from the World Way South transition to southbound Sepulveda Blvd., along with traffic signal upgrades and other related traffic flow defining measures throughout the entire CTA.
Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014 and complete in 2015. Passengers should expect impacts due to the roadway construction and terminal re-facing. To mitigate the effects of this transition, LAX will be holding construction in phases. Traffic alerts will be posted regularly on LAX social media and on LAX’s real time traffic map,
This comprehensive enhancement is part of the on-going multi-billion dollar LAX Development Program, which is funded by operating revenues, capital improvement program funds, fees from airlines, passenger facilities charges and airport revenue bond proceeds. No money from the Los Angeles City General Fund will be used for the project.
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