LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday launched a new public outreach campaign to inform travelers and nearby residents of their two-year, multi-billion modernization program.

Themed “LAX is Happening,” the campaign features a website with new resources, tools and tips to help the public navigate expected traffic impacts and airport construction-related closures.

“Los Angeles is a world-class city that deserves a first-class airport, and we want the world to know what we’re doing to make that happen,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The new site includes real-time LAX traffic and road closure maps; “insider” traffic tips and shortcut videos; information on the planned LAX upgrades, including new dining and retail options; direct access to the airport’s @FlyLAXAirport Twitter feed updates; as well as links to project fact sheets and other easy-to-access updates.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports the site is optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile usage to help on-the-go travelers stay connected and plan ahead from any device.

The new $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal is the centerpiece of the renovation. It features new restaurants, shops and accommodates the latest generation of jets for long-range travel.

Also planned is a $118 million Curbside Appeal Project, a secured connector between Terminal 3 and 4, traffic safety and roadway improvements, new inline baggage handling and screening systems; new escalators, elevators and moving walkways; demolition and completion of a new Central Utility Plant to more efficiently heat and cool all airport locations; more terminal charging stations; as well as renovations and upgrades in terminals at LAX.

All modernizations are 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.

But with this and other renovation efforts expected to continue until 2019, LAX spokesperson Amanda Parsons urged the traveling public to be patient.

“Bear with us, because we promise what’s coming will be worth the wait,” Parsons said.


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