Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been awarded the largest grant in its history. The $15.1 million award is allocated through the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will allow for much needed repairs to the 7L-25R runway, and improvements 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. 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.”