LAX is planning to move 25L/7R 50 feet further to the south to avoid runway incursions which are all to common for inbound planes crossing into 25R/7L after landing. The majority of runway incursions occur on the south side of the field.
The recent EIR (Environmental Impact Report) has indicated that noise pollution and emission pollution will be increased in the area during construction as traffic is redistributed to the remaining 3 runways. The fact trumped up in the local media is an increased cancer risk predicted as a result of this traffic change.
The planned construction will be approved, despite some media and NIMBY buzz around the draft report.
Two observations I have from this recent development:
1. Once again, LA politics and public perception appears to be trending away from the much needed expansion of LAX. A bad sign for the future of this city IMHO.
2. During runway closure can we expect a nightmare traffic situation at LAX? Will airlines add ground time to their schedules to compensate? Will there be a time when everything to/from LAX will be delayed?