April 20, 2015
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for $3,026,481.
The grant will help fund the full rehabilitation of the current runway lighting system. The lighting system has reached the end of its useful life and requires rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.
The project will rehab 40,000 square yards of the existing northeast apron to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. It will also fund the installation of a 3,425 foot wildlife perimeter fence to protect the airport from unauthorized and inadvertent entry, as well as wildlife hazards.
The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport provides a wonderful service to our Central Coast community,” Capps said. “This grant will improve airport safety while reducing maintenance costs, enhancing the airport’s ability to serve the Central Coast.”
This year’s grant will largely fund the $3.37 million Airfield Lighting and Safety Project,” said Airport Director Hazel Johns. “The project will improve airfield pavement, markings, lighting, and security fencing to incorporate FAA best practices. The improvements to the electrical system will reduce the Airport’s electricity demand and maintenance costs. The AIP program is very important for small airports allowing major capital improvements to be completed with a very modest local match. We look forward to receiving the grant award.”