Airport runways and taxiways require periodic maintenance. In order to minimize the number of times the runways will be closed, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has chosen to maximize efficiency by doing some airfield improvements, including runway maintenance, while the runways are closed in conjunction with the RSA effort.
LAWA will perform additional runway and taxiway maintenance projects following the completion of the RSA projects. These projects are currently in planning. 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. LAX passengers may experience delays similar to those experienced during bad weather, as soon as March 2015. Travelers should take this into consideration when planning connecting flights and for post-flight plans.
Residents living near LAX may notice a change in aircraft flight activity and noise disruption as alternating runway closures occur. At LAX, aircraft generally depart on the inboard runways and arrive on the outboard runways as part of the Preferential Runway Use Program, designed to reduce noise to nearby communities.
During the construction period, when an inboard runway is closed, aircraft will need to use the outboard runway for departures. This will result in 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 need to use the inboard runway for landings. This will cause a slight shift in noise, affecting residents located directly east of the airport under the arrival flight path.
Additionally, runway closures may cause some aircraft operations to shift from the north runway complex to the south, or vice versa. Closure of certain runways can further limit runway availability for A380 and B747-800 aircraft, which can operate only on two specific runways at LAX due to limited spacing on the airfield between runways and taxiways.
A runway closure on the south complex will impact the City of Inglewood and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester and Playa del Rey, with a lesser impact to Culver City and the L.A. neighborhood of Jefferson Park (includes the University Park area of the University of Southern California), Central L.A., South Figueroa Corridor and South L.A.. Additional takeoffs on the south complex can also increase the likelihood of an FAA "Early Turn" instruction. This will affect the City of El Segundo and, to a lesser extent, the City of Manhattan Beach. A runway closure on the north complex will impact the Los Angeles County area of Lennox, the City of El Segundo and the L.A. neighborhoods of Westmont and South L.A., with a lesser impact to the City of Hawthorne.
LAX will continue conducting normal Over-Ocean Operations from midnight to 6:30 a.m. during the planned runway closures to minimize aircraft noise, if weather and operational conditions permit.
Known Construction Dates
Runway 7R-25L: March 2015 — April 2015
Runway 6L-24R: June 2015 — October 2015
Runway 6R-24L: November 2015 — October 2016
Runway 7L-25R: October 2016 — June 2017
Additional Runway Maintenance*
The total budget for the four RSA projects at LAX is approximately $250 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 will be constructed by Griffith Company. The Runway 6L-24R Safety Area Rehabilitation Project will be constructed by Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture. The remaining runway contracts have not yet been awarded.