One LAX arrival runway to temporarily close for $17.3 million overhaul

A runway and two taxiways on the south side of the LAX airfield are scheduled to undergo a $17.3 million renovation.

Crews with Sully-Miller Contracting Co. will remove about 6,000 feet of the runway's asphalt surface, as well as Taxiways H6 and H7. They will also install new energy-efficient LED runway centerline lights and replace the runway concrete approach slabs at the bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard.

The runway, which is typically used for arriving flights, will be temporarily closed during construction, which is expected to last a little over two months, but passengers are not expected to be noticeably impacted and noise impacts should be minimal, LAX officials said.

To make up for the lost runway, the airport will convert the parallel Runway 7L/25R to be used for both departures and arrivals.

"At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we challenged ourselves to use this time of a reduction in air traffic to complete repairs and airfield improvements more efficiently than ever before,'' said Bernardo Gogna, chief development officer of Los Angeles World Airports.

"The replacement of the asphalt on Runway 7R/25L is an example of how we are investing in the long-term health of our airport and completing work that would have been much more disruptive if done when we were operating at full capacity.''

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