October 2, 2009
The growing cracks and resulting debris are gone along two of Gillespie Field’s taxiways, replaced with smooth pavement for the thousands of aircraft that take off and land there every year.
“Our taxiways were about 40 years old, and it showed. Now, the pilots and passengers who use our airport get a better ride, and they don’t have to worry about the danger of rocks and other debris getting caught in their engines,” said Roger Griffiths, the manager of Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
The County of San Diego recently completed the demolition and resurfacing of the taxiways at the airport using $1.9 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The contract for the project was awarded to a local company, ABC Construction.
“Things had been slow for our company because of the economy, so the timing of this project was great to get our crews out on the job and give them some work,” said Ken Czubernat, president of ABC Construction.
It took crews several weeks to tear up and reconstruct the 4,000-foot taxiways, which were scattered with weed-filled cracks and small bits of pavement. There are two other taxiways at the airport, but the reconstructed ones serve the majority of the traffic.
The airport is used by private and business aircraft, with about 200,000 take-offs and landings every year. The Sheriff’s fleet of patrol and firefighting helicopters is also stationed at Gillespie Field.
So far, the County has received more than $66 million in federal stimulus funds. To track how the County is using stimulus funds, please visit RecoverySDCounty.org.
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