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Runway 6R24L Runway Safety Area Improvements Project


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.

LAWA, proposes to construct improvements to the RSA for Runway 6R-24L at 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.

Elements of the proposed Runway 6R-24L Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project

  • Relocation of the western physical end of Runway 6R approximately 200 feet to the east
  • Displacement of the Runway 6R landing threshold approximately 550 feet to the east
  • Construction of a retaining wall along Pershing Drive and jet blast pad
  • Relocation of various navigational aids fixed by function to the runway landing threshold
  • Relocation and replacement of the Runway 6R Medium Intensity Approach Light System with Runway Alignment Indicator Lights (MALSR)
  • Shifting Connector Taxiways E16 & E17 to the east
  • Shifting the Runway 24L endpoint approximately 800 feet to the east by constructing new runway pavement;
  • Displacement of the Runway 24L arrivals threshold by approximately 800 feet
  • Shifting of Taxiway E endpoint approximately 500 feet to the east
  • Removal of existing Taxiway E7
  • Construction of new Connector Taxiways E7 and E6
  • Implementation of declared distances
  • Relocation of the existing Runway 6R Localizer Antenna to the east
  • Demolition, closure, and/or relocation of airport service roads
  • Relocation of a portion of the Air Operations Area (AOA) fence
  • Demolition & relocation of existing Secure Area Access Post #3 and
  • Relocation of the taxicab holding/staging area and associated buildings
  • The proposed project also involved constructing new or rehabilitating runway and taxiway pavement in areas near the proposed improvements

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

Environmental Reviews

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.

Environmental Timeline

Environmental Process Status
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment, Public Workshop and Public Hearing – March 12, 2015
Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) – March 12, 2015 (comment period ends April 24, 2015)
Public Workshop and Public Hearing – April 14, 2015 (5pm-7pm). Flight Path Learning Center 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA 90045

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Anticipated March 2015
Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration – March 19, 2015 (comment period ends April 24, 2015)
Public Workshop – April 14, 2015 (5pm-7pm) Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Written comments due by April 24, 2015.

Comments should be sent to:

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

Submitting Comments online click here

Environmental Documents


Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment, Public Workshop and Public
Hearing - PDF Download

Draft Environmental Assessment

Cover - PDF Download (14.9 kB)
Table of Contents - PDF Download (82.9 kB)

  1. Purpose and Need - PDF Download (18.5 MB)

  2. Alternatives - PDF Download (30.3 MB)

  3. Affected Environment - PDF Download (17.1 MB)

  4. Environmental Consequences - PDF Download (20.3 MB)

  5. Public Involvement - PDF Download (71.8 kB)

  6. List of Preparers - PDF Download (62.5 kB)

  7. References - PDF Download (70.5 kB)

  8. Abbreviations - PDF Download (53.7 kB)

Technical Appendices:

Final Environmental Assessment



Initial Study – Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration


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