AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Despite the misgivings of many at City Hall over past performance, Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba Corp. will get the $241 million contract to rebuild the south runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Councilman Tony Cardenas tried last week to get the council to assert jurisdiction over the Airport Commission’s decision to award the contract to the company, citing the delays, poor workmanship and cost overruns for three past projects, including the Van Nuys FlyAway reconstruction last year. But in the end, the council looked the other way and let Tutor-Saliba have the contract. To be fair, there are few choices but Tutor-Saliba for massive public-works contracts, making it a local version of the controversial Halliburton. This contract had only one other bidder, Kiewet-Pacific Corp., which submitted a bid $50 million higher than Tutor-Saliba’s. But even with a lower bid, it’s a good bet the final cost for the runway will be higher, perhaps even higher than that second bid. That’s the way Tutor-Saliba has operated in the past: Low-ball the estimate to win the contract, then jack up the price through change orders midway through construction. It happened with the Van Nuys FlyAway and with the Red Line subway project, which ended in litigation. Chances are it will happen with the new runway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!