Federal funding squeeze delays LAX runway safety bid

The installation of more runway safety lights at Los Angeles International Airport has been delayed by more than a year because of a lack of federal funding, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The $10-million to $15-million project calls for lights to be added at nine runway and taxiway intersections on the north and south sides of the airport in an effort to prevent runway incursions.
That would expand the system of lights that went into operation in mid-2009 at 10 locations.
The Federal Aviation Administration had planned to pay for and install the lights by the end of the year until the agency’s budget was cut amid concerns about the federal deficit in Congress.
Airport officials said that to keep the project going, Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX, will pay for the lights and take over planning and installing them. They said, however, the project will not start until 2013 and the completion date has not been determined.

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