Scottsdale will use $3.7 million in federal funding to rebuild an aging taxiway at Scottsdale Airport.
Construction is slated to begin in late spring 2015 and will be phased to minimize impacts on airport users. Some night runway closures will be required, according to a press release.
Taxiway B was originally built in the late 1970s and last upgraded in 2001, the release states.
The taxiway connects the runway to about 15 private parcels in the Scottsdale Airpark and to private aviation service providers on the east side of the airport.
Scottsdale Airport does not receive general tax money from the city. It relies on airport user fees, state and federal aviation funds for operations and maintenance.
More than 90 percent of the money for the taxiway reconstruction project will come from a Federal Aviation Association grant, with the remainder covered through a state grant and a local aviation fund.
“Our top priority always is to maintain a safe and secure airport,” says Aviation Director Gary Mascaro, in a prepared statement.
“This FAA grant will help us keep Scottsdale Airport safe for planes taxiing at our facility.”
Scottsdale Airport is a premier general aviation airport and reliever for the Phoenix Metropolitan area, serving a full-range of general aviation aircraft from small propeller aircraft to corporate jets.
The airport supported more than 142,000 flights in 2013 and is a key contributor to the Scottsdale economy.