The city contends in a lawsuit filed last week in state court the runway, known as 25 Left, "is unfit for its intended purpose and the city will incur ongoing consequential property damage and economic losses as a result of the deficiencies." The city says the problems pose no immediate risk but could disrupt flight operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
The runway was rebuilt at a cost of $250 million as part of a $338 million safety upgrade intended to cut down on runway incursions, the newspaper said.
In addition to cracks and deteriorating concrete, the lawsuit says the runway problems include exposed steel reinforcing bars and a failure to comply with Federal Aviation Administration standards.
While runways generally have a life span of 20 to 25 years, the lawsuit says the 2 1/2 mile runway will need to be rebuilt prematurely, possibly disrupting flight operations at the third-busiest U.S. airport.
Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said airport personnel will "monitor the condition of the runway to ensure it remains safe for aircraft operations."
The runway handles as many as 500 arrivals and departures daily, the Times reported.
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