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Expect delays at Long Beach Airport as two lanes of traffic will close through June

Two lanes of traffic, where travelers are typically dropped off or picked up by vehicles, will be closed through the end of June, the airport said Thursday.

Expect delays at Long Beach Airport as two lanes of traffic will close through June
Two of the drop-off and pick-up lanes will soon be closed through June. Photo by Brandon Richardson

If you’re traveling out of Long Beach Airport anytime soon you might want to show up a little earlier as two of the drop-off and pick-up lanes will soon be closed through June while the airport continues its roadway improvement projects.

The lanes and the center median drop-off area are expected to close Monday, April 15, according to a release from the airport, and remain closed through the end of June. The two lanes closest to the historic terminal building will remain open through construction.

Long Beach Airport is encouraging travelers to show up 90 minutes before their flights, especially for early morning flights, according to the release. For those picking up passengers, the airport is asking drivers to wait in one of the two lots located near Lakewood Boulevard to reduce congestion created by cars circling the pick-up and drop-off areas.


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The $16.6 million project will increase the number of lanes in front of the terminal building to six, and add other safety features like designated ramps for people with disabilities, expanded sidewalks and pedestrian islands and create two raised crosswalks for travelers walking to and from the airport.

An overhead rendering of what Long Beach Airport will look like after its roadway improvement project is completed. Photo courtesy city of Long Beach

It’s also expected to increase the circulation of vehicles throughout the airport footprint and rehabilitate the pavement in the airport complex.

The project is part of an overhaul of the airport that began in 2020 and includes the historic preservation of the terminal building and its mosaic floor art as well as the construction of a new ticketing lobby, baggage claim area and a shift of rental car services from the parking lot to inside the renovated terminal building.

The last of those improvements are expected to be completed this year, according to the airport’s project website.

For updates on the project, travelers can sign up for alerts here or visit LGBRoadImprovements.com.

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