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.
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.