It took more than 25 years, but a section of roadway in the middle of two pieces of land that Bob Hope Airport officials bought in the late 1980s will finally no longer be a public street.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority purchased two parcels, called the “Hazel Martin” and “Old Trappers” properties, in 1988 so it could widen the taxiway on the north side of the airfield.
The widening allowed aircraft to pass each other rather than having to pull onto the runway if the order of take-offs changed.
However, there is a portion of Keswick Street which runs in the middle of the two parcels and, while closed to traffic, it was still considered a public street.
Keswick intersects with Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road in that area, which is in the city of Los Angeles.
Airport officials started the process to remove the street from the public rolls soon after the initial purchase. The Los Angeles City Council, at the time, required several improvements be made along San Fernando Road before that occurred.