for south runway at airport

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has awarded a $242 million contract for the construction of the South Airfield Improvement Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), designed to improve airfield safety.

The commission voted Monday, December 19th, to award the contract to a joint venture of Tutor-Saliba, of Sylmar, and O&G Industries, of Torrington, Connecticut.

The action is contingent on final approvals of the project-level tiered final environmental impact report (EIR) and LAX plan compliance.

The South Airfield Improvement Project consists of moving LAX Runway 7R-25L approximately 55 feet south of its present location and constructing a new parallel taxiway between the airport’s two south airfield runways.

The project includes removing existing deteriorated concrete and asphalt runway pavement; constructing Portland cement concrete and asphalt pavement; installing airfield signage, lighting systems, airfield pavement markings and storm drains; and improving related runway-taxiway intersections.

The project also includes installation of new runway navigational aids and making structural improvements to the Sepulveda Tunnel.

Airport officials said the relocation of the runway and the addition of the taxiway are critical to improving airfield safety and reducing the potential for runway incursions on the south airfield.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2006 and take 26 months.