San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Begins Runway Rehabilitation Project

April 22, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration approved grant funding to initiate a $13.5 million runway rehabilitation at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP). Preconstruction work for the rehabilitation is complete, and construction will begin in July. The project is scheduled for completion in early fall.

The airport’s Runway 11-29 rehabilitation project is a comprehensive upgrade to the main runway and its taxiway connectors. The project also includes the rehabilitation of the entire SBP runway lighting system which includes runway lights and lighted directional signs. The runway rehabilitation project will not expand the runway or change any use of the property.

“The rehabilitation project will correct issues with the aging runway pavement, bring the airport in line with the latest federal safety standards, and provide a more energy efficient runway lighting system,” said Courtney Johnson, director of airports. “We look forward to working with our partners at Granite Construction Company and Mead & Hunt to complete this project on time and with minimal impact to our passengers.” The runway rehabilitation is also the County’s and airport’s first Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project. With this innovative approach, Granite Construction Company has already been collaborating with project designers Mead & Hunt before construction to prepare the site, establish a guaranteed maximum price (GMP), and design a schedule that minimizes effects on air service.

The $13.5 million project is being entirely funded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).