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The recently awarded FAA grant for Watsonville Municipal Airport has been in the works since 2016.
The recently awarded FAA grant for Watsonville Municipal Airport has been in the works since 2016. This effort the second project in a five year annual plan valued at $1.2 million.The rationale for the effort is repairing and preserving the primary runway which supports over 140 annual operations. The primary runway last rehabilitated in 1976 has several shrinkage cracks developing in primary Runway 2-20 and Taxiways A, C, D and E.To protect the underlying aggregate base course and sub-grade from damage due to water infiltration, it is proposed to seal these cracks and slurry seal the pavements in this project. New airfield marking will also be applied. In addition, new black outline markings will be added to bring the airport up to the most recent Advisory Circular requirements.Additionally the Airport's current signage is circa 1980 FAA standards and non-compliant with current signage requirements.This FAA grant funds removing all existing signs and install an entirely new sign system that meets current standards. Some signs will be deleted and in other areas new signs will be required. All signs relating to Runway Two-Two-Zero will be lighted signs since the runway has runway edge lights. All signs relating to Runway Nine-Two-Seven will be unlighted signs capable of adding lights if and when Runway Nine-Two-Seven is lighted.The construction will be funded through a 90% grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Approximate total Project Cost: $1,200,000 with 90% funding through FAA Airport Improvement Grant Airport Enterprise Funds, 5% funded by Cal Trans, Watsonville Airport will fund the remaining 5%.