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Temporary Restraining Order Lifted on SMO Runway Shortening; Project Back on Track

Today, the Santa Monica airport received a notification that the restraining order on the runway shortening has been lifted:

“Earlier this year, the city entered into a consent decree with the Federal Aviation Administration in accordance with which the city will shorten the runway to 3,500 feet immediately and close the airport after December 31, 2028. Last week, we notified you that the United States District Court in Los Angeles had issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) instructing the city of Santa Monica not to take any action to shorten the runway at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. Construction has been scheduled to begin October 18, 2017.

US District Judge Ronald Lew has now dissolved the temporary restraining order and denied a preliminary injunction. The court’s order affirms that the legal complaints raised lack merit and means that the prior court order halting runway construction has been lifted.

The city is pleased with the court’s decision, which allows it to fulfill its community and the FAA. We thank you for your patience. The city will renew work on the runway-shortening project, which expects to commence within the next week, and will continue to update you on matters relating to that project.”

More details will follow soon.

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