Construction of runway lighting at Redlands Airport approved

Construction of runway lighting at Redlands Airport approved
Posted on 11/02/2016

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded more than $800,000 to complete installation of a runway lighting system to improve safe operations at Redlands Municipal Airport.

Funding from the FAA Airport Improvement Program, of $827,437, along with $41,371.85 additional funding from the Caltrans Division of Aeronautics Aviation Grant will fund the rehabilitation of the electrical systems serving one runway and taxiway at the airport at 1755 Sessums Drive, in the northeast corner of the City. The City will provide matching funds of $50,565.59.

On Oct. 4, 2016, the City Council awarded a construction contract to RB Development of Big Bear City. Work will include replacement of existing taxiway lights and other electrical work, construction of new holding position signs along the runway and taxiway guidance signs, and replacement of runway edge and threshold lights. Construction is expected to begin in December 2016 and last for approximately four months. The runway and taxiway will be closed intermittently throughout the project, including full nighttime closures.

Design and engineering services, biological studies associated with the San Bernardino kangaroo rat and preparation of environmental documents have already been performed. About 90 percent of those costs were covered by an earlier FAA grant. 

The project was designed by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and will be constructed by RB Development. Project management will be overseen by the City of Redlands Quality of Life Department in conjunction with the Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department. The City will make a concerted effort to minimize disruptions for airport patrons and residents in the surrounding area. The runway and taxiway will be closed during certain periods of construction, most of which will be done at night. A Notice to All Airmen will be filed and amended as required to ensure accurate information is available to pilots.

Members of the aviation community and residents may direct questions to Will Hamilton, Senior Administrative Analyst for the Quality of Life Department, at or by phone at (909) 798-7655.