EL MONTE >> The San Gabriel Valley Airport may soon get a major upgrade after being selected earlier this week to receive $6 million in federal funds to repave a significant portion of the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday the recipients of $185.8 million in total grant funding to pay for airport infrastructure projects, such as runways, taxiways, signage and lighting. Of that amount, $6 million will go toward repaving the San Gabriel Valley Airport’s aircraft parking areas, according to the FAA.
What the FAA’s description doesn’t say, said airport manager Enrique Curioso, is that the “aircraft parking areas” descriptor means almost all paved surfaces at the airport between the taxiway, runway, building and hangars, which represents a significant proportion of all paved surfaces.
Curioso is employed by American Airports Corp. Los Angeles County owns the airport, but it contracts with American Airports to operate the airport.
Representatives for the county did not respond to requests for comment by Friday afternoon.
“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement. “This is an important investment in San Gabriel Valley’s air service and in the economic vitality of the region.”
Construction is set to begin within 60 days, Curioso said, and should take about 10 months to complete, Curioso said.
The airport has been in need of repaving for upwards of 15 years, said longtime pilot Gabe…
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