Contract awarded for runway work at VNY

VAN NUYS, Calif. — A $13.9 million contract to rehabilitate the main runway at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California has been approved by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners.

The contract, awarded to Security Paving Company, Inc., is for VNY’s main runway, 16R/34L, which stretches 8,000 feet and is one of two runways at VNY, ranked as one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports. The project, which includes the rehabilitation of 6,800 feet of asphalt pavement using a combination of asphalt overlay and partial pavement reconstruction, will be phased over three sections of the runway (north, south and center). The project also includes the widening of existing runway shoulders to meet FAA design standards, along with improvements to the aircraft run-up area and repairs to existing, concrete runway pavement.

The total amount of the project, which includes all cost elements, is estimated at $20.5 million, with 90% funded through an FAA grant.

Through a collaborative effort among airport management and tenants, the rehabilitation project has been designed to minimize operational impacts and maximize improvements to the airfield complex, according to airport officials.

During project work, VNY will operate with a shortened runway length for 65 days, with no less than 5,000 feet available for arrivals and 5,209 feet available for departures. Full runway closures will be limited to 10 days. A series of 26 night closures occurring from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., will take place prior to and after the 24-hour closure dates. Operations on the airport’s 4,000-foot parallel runway will not be impacted.

Los Angeles World Airports’ staff anticipates work to commence in November, with completion by the end of August 2013.

For more information: LAWA.org

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