City Agrees to Craft New LAX Overhaul

The airport intends to begin work early next year on the one project still on track: the $300-million rebuilding of the southern runway complex, which federal officials maintain is critical to preventing close calls between aircraft.


* Begin a traffic study to figure out how to unlock congestion on roads around the airport and ask the FAA to allow the airport to fund up to $3.3 million in intersection and roadway improvements in El Segundo and $33 million in improvements to the Century Boulevard corridor in Inglewood.

* Ensure that myriad measures to ease traffic, air pollution and noise that were included in a separate agreement with residents don't fall by the wayside. These include the conversion of ground equipment at LAX to low-emissions technology and providing electricity to gates where airplanes park.

* Reconsider extending the Metro Rail Green Line to LAX.

* And spend $3 million to remove abandoned asphalt streets on the dunes west of the airport and replace them with native plants.

For all its complexity, airport officials said, one of the most important things about the deal is that it allows them to start construction at LAX for the first time since the upper-level roadway and the Tom Bradley terminal were built in preparation for the 1984 Olympics.

"We got there," said Kennard. "No one ever thought we could get there."

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Holding pattern

Los Angeles International Airport officials intend to start construction early next year to rebuild the southern runway complex to prevent close calls between aircraft. Every other project in the $11-billion modernization plan for LAX is now under review.

LAX modernization projects on hold

Central terminal area: $2.22 billion.

After demolishing parking structures, build a new terminal on the site

Satellite terminal: $1.78 billion

Add new concourse to handle larger aircraft, with connections to people mover and baggage system

North airfield: $1.25 billion

Rebuild parallel runways to handle larger aircraft and construct center taxiway for added safety

Central check-in facility: $1.18 billion

Build check-in center with people mover stations, 7,495 parking spaces and a baggage tunnel to terminals

People mover: $1.1 billion

Construct elevated people mover to connect new transit center, check-in center, rental car center and existing terminals

North concourse: $850 million

Build new north concourse.

International terminal: $683 million

Add gates to west side of Tom Bradley terminal

Rental car center: $476 million

Consolidate most rental car companies at one site

Intermodal transit center: $293 million

Connect bus routes and Green Line with people mover; add 9,100 parking spaces

West employee parking: $268 million

Build 12,400-space structure

Roads and communications: $230 million

Improve streets and add new communications network

Communications and roads: $143 million

Complete communications network; improve roads

South terminals: $125 million

Modernize southern terminals

Fuel farm: $56 million

Reconfigure fuel farm to accommodate new taxiways

Southeast surface parking: $32 million

Add 5,470 long-term parking spaces

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Source: Los Angeles World Airports



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