Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) will begin work April 8 on the 7/25 runway rehabilitation project, which will remove the existing grooved surface, fill pavement cracks and add a new asphalt surface on the 6,052-foot main runway. The last time the main runway was resurfaced was in 2006.
The first phase of rehabilitation will occur April 8, 2018 – May 25, 2018 which will require the runway be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The second phase of rehabilitation will occur June 10, 2018 – July 6, 2018 and require the runway to be closed from midnight to 6:00 a.m.
During the entire rehabilitation period, the 5:30 a.m. United Airlines departure flight to Denver will be temporarily unavailable until the end of the project. The 8:15 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 5:35 p.m. flights to Denver will still be available. Additionally, the 5:45 a.m. flight to Los Angeles will be temporally unavailable but the 6:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 1:40 p.m. and 4:52 p.m. to Los Angeles will remain as scheduled.
Granite Construction was awarded the rehabilitation bid at a cost of $7,748,991 for the entire project. The Federal Aviation Administration is funding the rehabilitation, with airport's operating fund and capital fund contributing a small portion (approximately 9%) of the overall amount. No local tax dollars are being applied to the project.
“We are happy to have the rehabilitation underway,” stated Hazel Johns, airport director. “This project not only improves and protects our main runway for years to come, it provides significant economic impact for the region.”