Airport to close runways for resurfacing work

The Watsonville Municipal Airport will close the primary and crosswinds runways from May 9-15 for repairs. The repairs will be funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian File Photo

WATSONVILLE — Officials from Watsonville Municipal Airport announced Wednesday the six-day closure of the primary and crosswinds runways to allow workers to resurface the tarmac.

The closure is expected to begin on May 9 and last through May 15 at 8 a.m.

Residents and businesses surrounding the airport can expect work to go on 24 hours per day, Airport Director Rayvon Williams said.

Any on–field businesses, tenants and travelers planning to arrive or depart during this period are advised to make alternative arrangements.

The work to repair linear fissures and cracks includes routing, filling, slurry sealing, remarking and upgrading lighting for the primary runway for arriving and departing flights. 

The project will repair and rehabilitate the entire runway length, including the 4,701-foot parallel taxiway ALFA and taxiways CHARLIE, DELTA and ECHO, Williams said.

The last time the Watsonville Municipal Airport repaved the entire length of Runway 2-20 was in 1986, Williams said.

During a 2013 review, officials determined that the runway was showing signs of fatigue cracking due to age, which was exacerbated by the increasing amount of aircraft activity. 

Airport staff and consulting engineers evaluated multiple options, and in August obtained a $1.2 million FAA airport improvement construction grant to fund the repairs.

The timeframe was chosen for the low probability of rain, and the availability of multiple construction crews working in parallel.

For information or questions, call 768-3575 or e-mail: [email protected]


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