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Severe Traffic Blockages Expected at LAX

Departure and arrival levels will be affected during construction work for the Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles Airport. Real-time traffic conditions link in article below.

Construction will begin Monday on an overhaul of the facade of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced Friday.

Just after midnight Monday morning, crews will begin blocking the departure level curbside lane between the international terminal and Terminal 4.

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 that is under construction.

The project, which is expected to cause severe traffic backups near the terminal, is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

Cars will be blocked from dropping passengers off at the first of three entrances to the Bradley Terminal. Vehicle access to the second and third entrances will remain open. The sidewalk along the curb at the terminal will also remain open for pedestrians.

The construction also includes new outside escalators, signage and street lamps, which will be replaced with more energy efficient lights.

Additional 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 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 the construction.

Passengers, motorists, airport workers and vendors were encouraged to allow more time getting to and from the airport and should get real-time traffic conditions at http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/html/lax.html.

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