Press Release Article


Date: Jul 20, 2017
Press Release Number: 136-2017

Work will primarily be staged at night on weekdays to minimize the impact on airport operations

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized $54.4 million to rehabilitate Runway 4-22 and associated taxiways at LaGuardia Airport to extend their useful life and ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. Work on the 7,000 feet long and 150 feet wide runway will take place during nightly airport closures and extended weekend runway closures to minimize the impact on aeronautical operations.

"Continued investment in LaGuardia’s infrastructure is necessary to maintain operational safety and achieve higher levels of efficiency," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "This project highlights the Port Authority’s long-term commitment to maintain state-of-the-art facilities that offer a seamless travel experience."

"Today’s investment provides for critical safety and state-of-good-repair investment in the airport’s airfield infrastructure," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "This investment is part and parcel of our significant investment to redevelop LaGuardia Airport and ensure that it can accommodate continued passenger growth."

This project provides for the milling and asphalt concrete overlay of Runway 4-22 and its associated taxiways, as well as new pavement markings, guidance signs and the replacement and upgrade of runway and taxiway lighting systems in accordance with FAA requirements.

In 2016, LaGuardia Airport accommodated nearly 370,000 aircraft operations and more than 29.8 million passengers in 2016, and the rehabilitation of Runway 4-22 will extend the useful life of the runway, enhance safety and reduce delays. Work will commence in August and completion is expected in 2021.

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