Contractors Sued Over Construction Flaws Along South LAX Runway

LOS ANGELES ( — The city of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against four major contracting firms tapped to build a $250 million south runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to a report Thursday.

The complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Oct. 10 alleges substandard construction and concrete flaws are causing the 13,000-foot runway to wear out prematurely, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the Times, court documents show the runway is in such disrepair that renovation plans will likely be moved up ahead of schedule.

The runway opened in April 2007 as part of a $338 million safety improvement effort at LAX, which in 2011 was ranked third among airports with the highest number of runway incidents.

Click here (PDF) to read the complaint.


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