The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will provide $38.8 million to help reconfigure the south-side runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The City of Los Angeles must first complete a local environmental review and approval process before construction can begin.

Following a half-dozen runway incursions on the south side of LAX this year, the FAA requested that Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — the city agency that owns and operates LAX — develop and implement temporary short-term measures to minimize incursions until the runway reconfiguration is completed.

“We are convinced the safety of travelers, employees and neighbors at LAX will be significantly improved when the LAX South Airfield project is completed,” said Kim Day, LAWA executive director.

The grant comes after Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s recent trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby for federal funding for major trans- portation projects in Los Angeles.

“We are pleased the FAA is giving us tangible evidence of its commitment to this project by providing a significant federal grant,” Day said.