Deputy Airport General Manager Mark Massman said the runway project will be closely monitored by officials from Los Angeles World Airports and the Federal Aviation Administration, which is paying for the project. Relocating the south runway is designed to accommodate larger jets and reduce the number of near misses by airplanes. The deal must still be approved by the City Council, which will get its first look at environmental studies this week. Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11, protested awarding the contract to Tutor-Saliba and, in particular, the use of a subcontractor, Helix Electric Co. Union executive Bob Oedy said his members have had difficulties with the firm on other jobs and are concerned that Tutor-Saliba could drive up the price of the project through change orders. Airport officials said it was appropriate to award the contract to Tutor-Saliba, noting the firm’s bid was $50 million under that of the only other bidder, Kiewet-Pacific Corp. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I will be involved every step of the way,” Tutor told the panel during an hourlong inquiry. “I believe, once this is over, you will be pleased with what you have.” Commission President Alan Rothenberg warned Tutor that the city would be paying close attention to the project. “You have a chance here to redeem your firm’s reputation,” Rothenberg said. Despite Tutor’s assurances, Commissioners Joe Aredas and Walter Zifkin voted against the contract. “I went out there myself and saw the problems there,” said Zifkin, who was on the Airport Commission when the FlyAway terminal was under construction. “I want some assurances we won’t have the same problems here.” The Airport Commission gave initial approval Monday to a legal settlement allowing the $4 billion LAX modernization plan to proceed and also recommended paying a Sylmar firm $241 million to complete the first major project. The settlement, worked out last month, ends a decade-long legal battle at Los Angeles International Airport. The deal allows badly needed upgrades to proceed while essentially killing more controversial provisions, including an off-site passenger- and baggage-screening area. And in a separate vote, the board recommended hiring Tutor-Saliba Corp. to replace the airport’s south runway despite questions about the firm’s performance on previous projects, including the long-delayed parking garage at the Van Nuys FlyAway terminal. The 5-2 vote came after owner Ron Tutor offered his personal assurances that the project will be built to specifications. He blamed the FlyAway problems on a subcontractor, and promised that would not be an issue on the runway project.