California Airport To Begin Overnight Runway Closures

 - July 8, 2021, 10:57 AM
San Luis Obispo Regional Airport has embarked on a $13.5 rehabilitation of its main runway 11/29. The project will see overnight runway closures at the Central California gateway through October. (Photo: County of San Luis Obispo Airports)

California’s San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (KSBP) has launched a rehabilitation program on its primary Runway 11/29. Starting off the construction, the 6,100-foot runway will close tonight from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., and it will be shut again for a 48-hour period July 12 to 14. Beginning July 18, the runway will close overnight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Friday, except for September 12 to 17, when it will again close from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Another 48-hour closure is scheduled for August 16 to 18. The project is expected to be completed in early October.

According to airport owner San Luis Obispo County, the $13.5 million project, funded entirely by FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, represents a “comprehensive upgrade” to the main runway and its taxiway connectors. The work will consist of milling and replacing the top four inches of pavement along the entire runway surface, and raising the 29 end by two inches to rectify a structural issue an airport spokesperson told AIN. As well, the entire lighting system, including runway surface lights, and illuminated signage will be improved.

While the airport noted the construction schedule was mapped out months ago with all tenants on the field informed, it added that the schedule is still subject to change.