With the new Tom Bradley International Terminal looking like a beautiful, white set from Star Trek, next to fix on LAX's list is the terrible traffic that greets everyone upon arrival at the airport. Los Angeles World Airports, which manages LAX, announced in a press release that they're trying to remedy the problem with a $118-million dollar upgrade that will bring more wayfinding and LED street lights to Terminals 3 and 4, new traffic signals to the main loop that goes around to all the terminals, a departures-level road retrofit, and a whole new lane of traffic from the main drag to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard. "For too long LAX has been known to travelers and guests as nine unrelated terminals connected by a traffic jam," said the surprisingly frank LAWA executive director. Construction on this project will start this spring and wrap up in 2015 (though it is part of a larger renovation of the airport). Although the construction will be done in phases, the improvements will paradoxically cause congestion. LAWA advises people to check the airport's real-time traffic maps for updates about where construction is jamming things up. Meanwhile, that traffic circle is already looking a little nicer thanks to new canopies and light poles outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
· Central Terminal Area of LAX to Get Much Needed Facelift [LAWA]
· LAX Modernization [Curbed LA]