A runway and two taxiways on the south side of the LAX airfield reopened after undergoing a $17.3 million renovation, the airport announced Wednesday.
Crews with Sully-Miller Contracting Co. removed about 7,000 feet of the runway’s asphalt surface, as well as on Taxiways H6 and H7. They also installed new energy-efficient LED runway centerline lights and replaced the runway concrete approach slabs at the bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard.
“Los Angeles World Airports 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 for the airport.
The runway, typically used for arriving flights, was temporarily closed during construction, which began on Feb. 26 and finished a day ahead of schedule, LAX officials said.
To make up for the lost runway, the airport converted the parallel Runway 7L/25R to be used for both departures and arrivals. The project was done in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and took place during the slowest time of year to avoid operational impacts. Sully-Miller crews worked double 10-hour shifts, six days a week to accelerate the schedule, officials said.