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Excavation for the Rams' stadium could begin in just weeks

Excavation for the Rams' stadium could begin in just weeks
Work continues at the future Rams stadium site at the former Hollywood Park in Inglewood. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The start of excavation for the Rams' $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood may be weeks away.

"We're moving to try and get into construction sometime in the next month," Gerard McCallum II, project manager for the Hollywood Park Land Co., said Wednesday.

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In another sign of progress on the project at the 298-acre site, the Federal Aviation Administration this week approved the first of several pieces of heavy equipment to be used during construction.

The FAA determined that a 110-foot-tall LB 44 rotary drill rig won't pose a hazard to air navigation. Six other applications are pending with the FAA for large cranes to be used for the stadium project.

The stadium design has been under review by the FAA for more than a year because of concerns about how the structure would interact with radar at nearby Los Angeles International Airport. Developers believe the matter will be resolved.

Expected to be completed in 2019, the privately financed stadium will be the centerpiece of a sprawling mixed-use development that will also include retail, office space and housing.

Infrastructure work at the site has been going on for the last year and a half. The excavation will be the most dramatic sign of progress on the stadium that's expected to be sunk at least 100 feet into the ground.

Twitter: @nathanfenno

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