A draft environmental impact report (D-EIR) for the South Airfield Improvement Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been released by Los Angeles World Airports — the City of Los Angeles agency that operates the city’s four airports.

The proposed South Airfield Improvement Project consists of relocation of Runway 7R/25L approximately 55 feet to the south and the construction of a new center parallel taxiway between the two south runways.

The improvements were identified as part of the LAX Master Plan and were generally analyzed in the LAX Master Plan EIR, which was certified by the Los Angeles City Council in December 2004.

The purpose of the improvements is to improve the safety of LAX operations by reducing the potential for runway incursions, airport officials say.

The D-EIR for the project was released for public review on Monday, August 1st, and will be available for review and comment until Thursday, September 15th.

All documents, including appendices, will be available for review at www.laxmasterplan.org and at public libraries and other locations.

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act, the airport department will prepare written responses to all comments on the D-EIR received by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 15th.

Physical copies of the D-EIR for the South Airfield Improvement Project are available for review at:

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