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May 5, 2021
LAX Public Relations
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Runway 7R/25L had been closed for approximately nine weeks to repave and install new LED lighting.

(Los Angeles, CA) On Tuesday, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reopened Runway 7R/25L on the south side of the airfield, completing a $17.37 million rehabilitation one day ahead of schedule and on budget.


The routine maintenance work included removal and replacement of the existing runway's asphalt surface keel section, as well as the replacement of reinforced concrete approach slabs at the Sepulveda Boulevard tunnel. In addition, new energy-efficient LED runway centerline lights were installed. The project also included asphalt pavement replacement and LED centerline light installation at high-speed exit Taxiways H6 and H7.


“Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is working constantly to find efficiencies in our modernization and maintenance, and the rapid rehabilitation of Runway 7R/25L shows our capability to work smarter, while minimizing impacts on airport operations," said Bernardo Gogna, Chief Development Officer, LAWA.


The project was coordinated closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and was scheduled to take advantage of reduced traffic during what is historically the slowest time of the year to mitigate operational impacts. To meet the accelerated schedule, the contractor was required to work double 10-hour shifts and six days a week during the two- month runway closure window. The work was performed by Sully-Miller Contracting Co.


This asphalt rehabilitation work included approximately 7,000 linear feet of the 11,095-foot runway and two of its high-speed exit taxiways. The project included replacing more than 600 runway and taxiway lights with new efficient LED fixtures and repainting the entirety of runway pavement markings. The new asphalt wearing surface is expected to last approximately 10 years.


Runway 7R/25L is typically used for arriving flights and is the main arrival runway for the south airfield. Runway 7R/25L has resumed accepting landing aircraft and Runway 7L/25R has resumed its normal operation of handling departures. 


Contractors use a compaction roller during paving work on Runway 7R/25L.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.


In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.


LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX's ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.


LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.


LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.


LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.


LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).

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