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If LAX Traffic Is A Mess This Holiday Week, Don’t Blame Construction

Dozens of cars in two rows fill the roads at the LAX airport during the day. In the front of them is construction for the airport train.
This time around, we can just blame ourselves for riding in.
(Suzanne Levy
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If you’ve driven through LAX within the last few months, you’ve likely seen the construction at the airport clogging the roads. But this week, through Jan. 3., construction is on pause. Consider it a holiday miracle.

Why is it stopped? According to an airport spokesperson, heavy construction is paused specifically to alleviate traffic issues in the central terminal area during the holidays, one of the airport’s busiest times.

Will it actually help? Of course, but you might not notice a big difference. LAX has been swarmed with cars this week as holiday travelers get dropped off and picked up. Still, the pause on construction means one less headache.

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What’s going on? LAX is in the middle of a massive building plan. There’s a new rent-a-car facility in the works, the Automated People Mover is nearing completion (an in-airport train) and multiple terminals are getting upgrades.

Learn more: LAX Explained: Your Guide To Navigating The West Coast’s Most Infuriating Airport