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LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards
LAX to spend $200 million to meet federal runway safety standards

In a project designed to bring Los Angeles International Airport into compliance with federal safety standards, officials will spend about $200 million to expand and refurbish runway-buffer zones. The plan calls for enhancing safety areas at the ends and sides of all four runways serving the nation's third-busiest airport. The flat, graded expanses provide aircraft with a critical buffer should they undershoot, overrun or veer off a runway. Twenty-year-old federal rules require commercial airports to have safety areas measuring 500 feet by 1,000 feet at the ends of runways. LAX has one runway that does not meet that standard, while the other runways' safety zones require renovation....

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