The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Long Beach Airport a $15.1 million grant -- the largest grant in the airport's history, officials said Monday.
funding will allow completion of repairs to the 7L-25R runway, and
of access to Taxiways E and F.
"Investing in the Long Beach Airport creates jobs and enhances the City of Long Beach's position as a great place to live, work and visit," said Mayor Bob Foster.
Refurbishing Runway 7L-25R at the northern end of the airport will include rehabilitation of pavement markings, lighting, signage, drainage systems, and the grading of infield areas, according to officials.
The current edge lighting will be replaced with FAA-approved LED lighting.
Improvements of access to Taxiways E and F at the southern end of the airport
will consist of rehabilitation of the pavement, including the shoulder,
perimeter road and adjoining pavement area. All of the work will reduce foreign
object debris (FOD), which can damage aircraft, and improve safety at the
airport. Overall, the projects are expected to create at least 120 more
construction jobs at LGB and be completed within two years.
"It's terrific news that the Long Beach Airport has been awarded this grant. It is a reflection of the importance of one of our City's major assets," said Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, who represents the fifth district. "We must continue our efforts to attract and retain business and industry through this type of innovation and progress."
"LGB has won a grant every year since 1997, but this is the largest grant awarded to the airport in its history," said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez. "The credit goes to LGB's engineers for their efforts in applying, and also to the FAA and our Congressional Delegation for supporting Long Beach Airport."
Long Beach Airport was founded in 1923, making it the oldest municipally owned airport in California.