Luxury Jetsetters Beware: Defective LAX Runway Spurs Lawsuit


The LAX runway was just rebuilt six years ago; however it is already running into some issues resulting from construction defects. The runway failed to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards due to cracks, exposed steel reinforcing bars and deteriorating concrete. The Los Angeles City Council has filed a lawsuit against the companies responsible for the work, claiming that the runway is “unfit for its intended and the city will incur ongoing consequential property damage and economic losses as a result of the deficiencies.” The contractors being blamed in the lawsuit are R&L Brosamer, HNTB Corp., CH2M Hill Inc. and a joint venture involving Tutor-Saliba Corp. of Sylmar and O&G Industries Inc.

Additional claims being made in the lawsuit are that construction and concrete defects are affecting other parts of the south airport complex, such as improvements to the runway overpass at the Sepulveda Boulevard Tunnel.

Tutor-Seliba has been a part of several other controversies involving claims of fraud and sketchy workmanship by The Los Angeles subway, San Francisco International Airport and public works projects in New York. In 2003, they were accused of failing to fix defects in a five-story parking garage built for FlyAway buses at Los Angeles World Airport. The airport threatened to take the firm off the $34 million dollar project, but ultimately they made the necessary repairs.

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