MOJAVE — Mojave Air and Spaceport has received a $4.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that will be used to help fund its main runway rehabilitation project.
Parts of the main runway, designated 12-30, are decades old and there has been no significant rehabilitation in more than 20 years, officials said.
The FAA grant has requirements for a nearly $478,000 game from the airport.
The project is estimated at $13.5 million to $14 million, chief executive Todd Lindner said in an email.
This total cost includes the electrical rehabilitation of lighting, which will not be completed under the project, he said.
Other funding received for the project includes $6.6 million in supplemental funding from the FAA and $150,000, in 2021 and 2022, in general aviation entitlement funds. The latter has a $16,000 match required.
Overall, the airport has $11.7 million in project funds, of which $11.2 million comes from the FAA.
The track project is expected to start in March or April next year. It is expected to be completed in 60 days, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Lindner said.
The latest grant was part of $518 million awarded in the second round of the 2022 Airport Improvement Program, with grants going to 416 airports across the country, according to an FAA statement.
“In communities of all sizes, airports are vital to local economies, supporting jobs and getting people and goods where they need to go,” US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in the statement. “We are pleased to announce this important funding to help improve the nation’s airports and better serve all Americans.”
Grants are available for new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield features such as lighting or signage, and the purchase of equipment needed to operate and maintain the airports.