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Van Nuys Airport To Begin $13.1 Million Runway Improvement Project This Month

VAN NUYS (CBSLA) - The Van Nuys Airport will break ground later this month on a $13.1 million runway improvement project, the Los Angeles World Airports announced Friday.

The project will reconstruct Runway 16L and rehabilitate Runway 16R over eight months to improve safety and extend the lifespan of airfield facilities, according to the LAWA, which operates the Van Nuys Airport along with LAX. Runway 16L will close for 161 days during construction.

"As one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country, VNY and its tenants will benefit from these runway improvements that will enhance operations, safety and our facilities," LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci said.

"The project design, phasing and construction will maximize federal grants while minimizing disruption to ongoing operations. This work is an example of how VNY is meeting our strategic goals of operating and maintaining exceptional facilities for our tenants, employees and passengers."

Crews will reconstruct the entire 4,000-foot Runway 16L and along the way enhance the taxiway, runway lighting, airfield signage and surface markings The project will also add jet blast pads.

Runway 16R will be improved through resurfacing the asphalt and associated connector taxiways, which LAWA says will extend the life of the pavement and refresh the runway and connector taxiway markings. Lighting will also be upgraded to LED fixtures.

The airport is working to minimize airport operational impacts during construction. While Runway 16L is closed for reconstruction, operations will be directed to Runway 16R.

LAWA said the goal is for construction to be complete by the end of November. LAWA's Development Group is managing the project. Engineering is led by HNTB Corp and the general contractor is Sully-Miller Contracting Co.

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