OCEANSIDE — The San Diego and Oceanside airports were awarded more than $14 million today by the Federal Aviation Administration to make infrastructure improvements.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will receive $12,969,661 to repair multiple dilapidated taxiways at the San Diego International Airport, FAA officials said.
The city of Oceanside will receive $1,607,355 to make taxiway and runway repairs at the Bob Maxwell Memorial Airport.
The grants are two of 358 going to more than 300 airports in 46 states, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants total $495 million, and are part of the second allocation in fiscal year 2019 of the FAA’s $3.18 billion Airport Improvement Program.
The FAA awarded a total of $36.5 million in grants to 27 of California’s airports.
“This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
Will the grant pay for ANY safety improvements? A tower to regulate air traffic, prevent any more fatalities, or keep sky-divers from landing on Hwy. 76 in traffic or dropping back-packs and go-pro cameras in people’s yards?
NOTICE TO OCEANSIDE RESIDENTS —
When the city takes money from the FAA there are many strings attached including expanding the airport without any
need of comments or feedback from residents. Will these taxiways and runway repairs include lengthening the runway
for larger planes? Will the new repairs support larger and heavier planes? Be aware and read the city application and the
grant from the FAA.
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