The City of Los Angeles airport department has released the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the South Airfield Improvement Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles agency that owns and operates LAX and three other city airports, released the EIR.

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, the final EIR contains written responses from airport officials to the nearly 600 comments from individuals and organizations on the draft environmental impact report, which were received during a 45-day public comment period that ended September 15th.

During the public comment period, airport officials conducted a public workshop and an all-day stakeholders forum to allow the public to learn more about the project, as well as to help develop comments on the draft EIR.

The final EIR will next undergo further actions required under the LAX Specific Plan process and is tentatively scheduled for consideration by the city Board of Airport Commissioners later this month.

The proposed project consists of the relocation of Runway 7R/25L approximately 55 feet to the south of its current centerline location and the construction of a new center parallel taxiway between the two south runways.

These improvements were identified as part of the LAX Master Plan and were generally analyzed in the LAX Master Plan EIR, certified by the Los Angeles City Council in December of last year.

Airport officials said the purpose of the improvements is to enhance the safety of LAX operations by reducing the potential for runway incursions.

All documents, including appendices, are available for review at www.laxmasterplan.org

Physical copies of the final EIR for the South Airfield Improvement Project are available for review at the following local locations. Review days and times vary by location.

n Mar Vista Branch Library. 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista;

n Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice;

n Westchester-Loyola Village Library, 7114 Manchester Ave., Westchester; and

n Lloyd W. Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

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