Modesto Airport has received a $1.06 million federal grant to make runway improvements and other enhancements.
The five-phase construction project includes a new taxi area at the threshold of Runway 10R with shoulders and infield paving to match existing drainage; an enhanced runway safety area; a new chain-link fence with barbed wire to protect Runway 28R's approach lights; sealing cracks and applying a slurry coat in the west general aviation area's apron; and the installation of new wind cones with energy-efficient LED lights.
Modesto's George Reed Construction won a $702,772 contract to perform the majority of the work, including the enhanced Runway 10R safety area ($335,721), the new airfield wind cones ($16,800), the rehabilitation of the west general aviation apron ($324,454) and the new security fence ($25,797).
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of April.
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Airport manager Jerome Thiele says his staff will be working closely with the contractor to minimize the impact to aviation businesses, fueling operations and hangar tenants.