The South Airfield Improvement Project (SAIP) is the first LAX Master Plan
project to be implemented and will improve airport safety by changing the way
aircraft move about LAX's south airfield. LAX was annually experiencing a number
of runway incursions where there was potential contact between aircraft. To
reduce the potential for runway incursion the SAIP will provide a new parallel
center taxiway between the two south airfield runways at LAX.
To accommodate the new 75 foot wide center taxiway, Runway 7R-25L will be
relocated approximately 55 feet to the south of its current centerline location.
The relocation of Runway 7R-25L will include the relocation and replacement of
the runway pavement, navigational and visual aids, and other associated site
work such as utilities, lighting, signage, grading, drainage and structural
improvements over the Sepulveda Tunnel.
The project will minimize the potential for runway incursions by
reconfiguring the existing high-speed taxiways on the south airfield that
directly cross the departure runway (Runway 7L-25R). Arriving aircraft on the
southern-most runway (Runway 7R-25L) would instead taxi onto the new parallel
center taxiway and hold until it is clear to cross the Runway 7L-25R.
The project began construction in March 2006 and is scheduled for completion
in June 2008. The project is expected to cost approximately $333 million.