Grants may fund Lake Havasu Municipal Airport upgrade

January 8, 2019

Big things could be in store for Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, with plans for more than $450,000 in improvements over the next five years.

The Lake Havasu City Council will vote to ratify the submission of a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration next week. The grant would be used for the reconstruction design of taxiways at the airport, with an initial cost of $430,500 in design costs. The reconstruction of those taxiways is part of a larger five-year plan by the city.

“We’ll be voting on the ratification of about $450,000 in grants, with a local match of no more than $50,000,” said Mayor Cal Sheehy, who is also a member of the city’s Airport Advisory Board. “Believe it or not, it’s a very busy airport, not only for private aircraft but for military aircraft as well. The asphalt is beyond its useful life, and this is an opportunity from the FAA to receive this grant with such a small local match to maintain the airport.”

The taxiways that could be improved were originally constructed in 1991, and only one pavement upgrade has been provided to the airport within the past 27 years. According to Clark, the reconstruction would offer a safe and functional runway and taxiway system at the airport for the next 20 to 25 years, with routine maintenance.

According to Sheehy, City officials are in the process of updating the airport’s master plan, which will identify needs and potential uses for the airport over the next several years. Such a master plan could include commercial air service in the foreseeable future.

With a grant match of 5 percent to 10 percent, Havasu will apply more than $15 million to construction, administration and design activity as part of its master plan; with the majority of construction materials purchased from local suppliers, according to Lake Havasu City Public Works Manager Mark Clark.

If the city’s request for FAA funding is approved this calendar year, construction-design efforts could begin this summer.

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