Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), one of the busiest private aviation hubs in the U.S., has completed a 15-month rehabilitation project on Taxiway A. The $35.5 million program at the Southern California airport encompassed 12 phases, resulting in the full-depth reconstruction of the 8,000-foot taxiway, installation of LED centerline and edge lighting, airfield signage and pavement marking upgrades, taxiway geometry enhancements, infield grading, and drainage improvements. A similar project was completed last year on Taxiway B, and as with that previous effort, 90 percent of the funding came from FAA AIP grants.
According to KVNY owner and operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the work brings the taxiways into alignment with new FAA design standards and extends their lives by at least 20 years. “Van Nuys Airport continues to demonstrate it is the premier general aviation airport in the country with modern and safe facilities,” said LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci.
“The Taxiway A project presented another opportunity for airport businesses to work in partnership with [LAWA] and the FAA on solutions to limit the number of days in which runways, taxiways, and leasehold access points were impacted during construction,” noted Curt Castagna, president of the Van Nuys Airport Association. ‘This project ultimately enhances safety for pilots by providing better visual acuity, standardized taxiway nomenclature, and improved communication with the air traffic control tower.”