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Los Angeles airport makeover about to get painful

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 6, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. Airport officials said Tuesday it's going to get worse.

An ongoing, multibillion-dollar renovation at the nation's third-busiest airport that has mostly been behind the scenes will soon start affecting passengers in ways large and small.

LAX officials began warning the public about the coming inconveniences that will stretch over the next few years and affect traffic around the terminals and passenger movements inside them.

"Now you're going to start to feel the pain," said Mary Grady, managing director of media and public relations at Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX. "Ultimately, it's work that has to be done to transform this airport."

The last major overhaul of the massive facility came as the city geared up to host the 1984 Olympics.

This one comes because LAX is showing its age. To wit: The interior look of one of its soon-to-be-renovated terminals was cast for scenes from "Mad Men," the cable drama set in the 1960s.

The aging airport is scheduled to get newly surfaced roads, upgraded restaurants with Los Angeles themes, and some terminal makeovers that will infuse more sunlight into otherwise cave-like interiors. Sleek roadway lighting and other design elements around the horseshoe-shaped layout will help unify exteriors of the terminals.

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