Airlines

Los Angeles Suing Airport Contractors over Runway Problems

Claim shoddy work

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Four major contractors that built the $250-million south runway at Los Angeles International Airport are the target of a new city lawsuit that alleges that widespread construction flaws are causing the runway to wear out prematurely.

The city of Los Angeles sued R & L Brosamer, HNTB Corp., CH2M Hill Inc. and a joint venture involving Tutor-Saliba Corp. and O & G Industries Inc. The case was filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance.

The lawsuit claims there are concrete flaws and substandard construction throughout the 13,000-foot runway that opened in April 2007.