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Runway 6L/24R and Runway 6R/24L Runway Safety Area and Associated Improvements (RSA North)


Runway 6L/24R and Runway 6R/24L
RSA North 2 - 6L - 24R

Runway Safety Areas (RSA) are defined surfaces surrounding the runway prepared or suitable for reducing the risk of damage to airplanes in the event of undershoot, overshoot, or excursion from the runway. Currently, neither Runway 6L-24R nor Runway 6R-24L complies with the FAA RSA design standard of 1,000 feet from each end

The City of Los Angeles, through its aviation department, LAWA, proposes to construct improvements to the RSA for Runway 6L-24R and RSA for Runway 6R-24L located on the north airfield of LAX. These improvements are being proposed in order to comply with the requirements of the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (Public Law [P.L.] 109-115). This Act requires completion of RSA improvements by airport sponsors that hold a certificate under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 139, Certification and Operations: Land Airports Serving Certain Air Carriers, to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards by December 31, 2015. LAWA is also evaluating additional RSA improvements to Runway 6R-24L that would be implemented at a later date, which would be the subject of a separate environmental evaluation.

The proposed Project would involve the covering of portions of the Argo Ditch, the relocation of a portion of a service road along Lincoln Boulevard, closure of a portion of a service road located within the Runway 6L-24R RSA south of the runway, relocation of a portion of a service road located within the Runway 6R-24L RSA north of the runway, and closure of parking areas located within the Runway 6R-24L RSA. The proposed Project would also implement declared distances on Runway 24R and Runway 6R. Specific components of the proposed Project related to Runway 6L-24R and Runway 6R-24L RSA improvements include:

Elements of the proposed project

Elements of the proposed Runway 6L/24R RSA would include:

  • Implementation of declared distances on Runway 6L and Runway 6R
  • Demolition of service road segments on the west end of Runway 6L
  • Service roads in the eastern portion of the Runway 6L-24R RSA would be relocated outside the RSA
  • Two segments of service roads would be constructed for access to navigational aids (navaids) east of the runways
  • Service road segments would be constructed between the Runway 6L-24R RSA and the Runway 6R-24L RSA
  • Cover a segment of the Argo Ditch
  • Pavement rehabilitation of Runway 6L-24R and Taxiway AA
  • Runway centerline and touchdown lighting replacement
  • Runway pavement markings
  • Closure of vehicle service roads located within the Runway 6R-24L RSA
  • Relocate security gate(s)
  • Relocate Air Operations Area (AOA) Fence
  • LAWA equipment parking areas closures
  • Realignment of taxiway hold bars
  • Construction Staging Areas
  • The proposed Project would not result in increased or decreased aviation activity at LAX compared to existing conditions, and would not increase runway length or move either runway to the north


All airfield projects require federal and local approval and environmental clearance as dictated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In order to improve the RSAs for both runway and comply with the December 31, 2015 federally mandated deadline, both CEQA and NEPA processes are underway simultaneously.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Project was released on May 8, 2014.

Public Workshop: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Written Comments: Written comments on the Draft EIR must be received by 5:00 p.m., Pacific time, Monday, June 9, 2014.

Written comments can be submitted at the public workshop, by clicking on the Submit button below, or by mail to:

Los Angeles World Airports, Capital Programming and Planning
Land Use and Entitlement Section – Attention: Evelyn Y. Quintanilla
One World Way, Suite 218, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Environmental Documents


California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)


Draft Environmental Impact Report


Draft EIR – Main Document

LAX RSA 6R/24L Runway Safety Area and Associated Improvements DEIR – Technical Appendices

Public Workshop (5/22/2014) – Boards & Fact Sheet

Boards - PDF Download
Fact Sheet - PDF Download

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Notice of Availability – Draft Environmental Assessment - PDF Download

Draft Environmental Assessment

Technical Appendices

Final Environmental Assessment

 Cover Vol 1 LAX 6R-24L and 6L-24R RSA Final EA - PDF Download

Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision - PDF Download

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