The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded two contracts Monday, March 23rd, for the construction of and support services for the Crossfield Taxiway Project at Los Angeles International Airport.

The project is the first of many phased construction projects to modernize the airport.

The Airport Commission awarded the nearly $82 million contract to R&L Brosamer, Inc., of Walnut Creek for construction of a new north-south crossfield taxiway identified as ìTaxiway C13,î a new parallel service road, and a replacement apron for aircraft overnight parking.

A $5.9 million contract was additionally awarded to Paragon Project Resources, Inc., of Irving, Texas, for construction support services of the crossfield taxiway project, including re-alignment of World Way West, a road on the west side of the airport, utility and drainage improvements, and demolition of ancillary facilities. Paragon will also provide construction support services on a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting station.

The crossfield taxiway will connect LAXís north and south airfields and is expected to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movement, as well as alleviate periodic congestion that occurs on the existing taxiway, airport officials said. The existing taxiway will be demolished after the new crossfield taxiway becomes operational. The project is expected to start in May.

The taxiway project is also expected to provide both near-term and long-term environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, officials said.

With commercial operation of the Airbus A-380 at LAX anticipated to increase substantially by early 2012, airport officials said they are focusing on preparing LAX for the new generation of aircraft.

The proposed project is part of the phased implementation of improvements envisioned in the LAX Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council in December 2004.