Airport runways and taxiways also require periodic maintenance. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will perform some airfield improvements, including runway maintenance, while the runways are closed for the RSA effort, as well as additional maintenance work after the RSA projects are completed. These additional projects are currently in planning and the construction dates, runway closures, and other impacts associated with these projects are not yet known.
Runway Safety Area allows aircraft extra unimpeded clearance beyond the end of the runway to protect aircraft and passengers in case of undershooting or overshooting of a runway during takeoff or landing.
Traveler & Community Impacts
Runway Safety Area work and airfield improvement efforts will result in the phased closure of each of LAX's four runways during an anticipated three year construction period. Only one runway at a time will be closed for RSA work. Passengers may begin experiencing impacts, such as delays or a slight increase in wait times aboard aircraft.
Residents living near LAX may notice a change in aircraft flight activity and noise as alternating runway closures occur. Aircraft generally depart on the inboard runways and arrive on the outboard runways as part of LAX's Preferential Runway Use Program designed to reduce noise impacts to nearby communities.
When an inboard runway is closed for construction, aircraft will use the outboard runway for departures, causing a temporary increase in noise for communities north or south of the airport, depending on which runway complex is affected. Similarly, when the outboard runway is closed, arriving aircraft will use the inboard runway for landings, causing a slight shift in noise affecting residents located directly east of the airport under
the arrival flight path.
LAX will continue conducting normal Over-Ocean Operations between midnight to 6:30a.m. during the planned runway closures to minimize aircraft noise, weather and operational conditions permitting.
Known Construction Dates
Runway 7R-25L: March 2015 – April 2015 (Completed)
Runway 6L-24R: June 2015 – October 2015 (Completed)
Runway 6R-24L: November 2015 – October 2016 (Completed)
Runway 7L-25R: October 2016 – June 2017
The total budget for the four RSA Projects at LAX is approximately $300 million. All non-federally funded project costs will be recovered from airfield users through LAX's rates and charges. No money from the City's General Fund is being used for this project.
The Runway 7R-25L Safety Area and Temporary Rehabilitation Project was completed in April 2015 by the Griffith Company. The Runway 6L-24R Safety Area Rehabilitation Project was completed in October 2015 by contractors Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture. The Runway 6R-24L Safety Area Project was completed in October 2016 by Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture. The remaining contract for the Runway 7L-25R project was also awarded in January 2016 to Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture.