Largest Federal Grant in Long Beach Airport History Fuels Runway and Taxiway Renovations

Long Beach Airport ariel

Overhead map courtesy of the Long Beach Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Long Beach Airport (LGB) $15.1M, the largest grant in the airport's history, authorities said September 30. The grant will allow for crucial runway repairs and taxiway renovations.

With the project expected to be completed in two years, renovations will improve airport safety with repavings, new markings and upgraded lighting systems. 

Included in the upgrades are refurbishments to Runway 7L-25R pavement markings, lighting, signage and draining system and infield grading. LED lighting is also set to replace the current edge lighting on the runway. Taxiways E and F, located at the southern end of LBC, will receive pavement rehabilitation.

The project is expected to bring at least 120 construction jobs to LGB and extend the runway's life for another 30 years. The last renovation to 7L-25 was in 1993.

5th District Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Gerrie Schipske, whose district includes the airport, expressed her elation over the generous award in a statement, calling the federal funds a reflection of the importance of Long Beach's assets.

"We must continue our efforts to attract and retain business and industry through this type of innovation and progress," Schipske said.

According to LGB Public Affairs Officer Kerry Gerot, the government shutdown this week should not impact the airport's grant, as it was executed before the end of the year. LGB has been awarded a yearly FAA grant every year since 1997; however, this is the largest.

"The airport is constantly working to improve itself through improved customer service, maintenance and repair," said Gerot.

Last year, LGB completed its $45 M concourse renovation including two new terminal buildings as part of an ongoing modernization effort. These upgrade are unrelated to the federally funded restoration projects.

Renovations on the runway and taxiways will begin early 2014.

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