The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded two contracts for the construction of and construction support services for the Crossfield Taxiway Project, which will begin the first of many phased construction projects to modernize Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

R&L Brosamer, Inc., of Walnut Creek, California, was awarded a $81,954,969 contract for construction of a new north-south Crossfield Taxiway identified as Taxiway C13, a new parallel service road, and a replacement apron for aircraft overnight parking.

Paragon Project Resources, Inc., of Irving, Texas, was awarded a $5,942,000 contract for construction support services of the Crossfield Taxiway project, including re-alignment of World Way West, a road on the west side of the airport, utility and drainage improvements, and demolition of ancillary facilities. Paragon also will provide construction support services on a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting station.

The Crossfield Taxiway will connect LAX’s north and south airfields and is expected to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movement and alleviate periodic congestion that occurs on the existing taxiway. The existing taxiway will be demolished after the new Crossfield Taxiway becomes operational. The project is expected to start in May.

The project will also provide for both near-term and long-term environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.

With commercial operation of the Airbus A380 at LAX anticipated to increase substantially by early 2012, airport officials are focusing on preparing LAX for the new generation of aircraft.

The proposed project reflects the phased implementation of improvements envisioned in the LAX Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council in December 2004.

Los Angeles World Airports is a City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT), and Van Nuys (VNY) airports (general aviation).