Gateway Airport to break ground on $10 million reconstruction project

Officials from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 20. It will mark the start of work on the $10 million North Apron Reconstruction Program.

The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the Arizona State University Hangar, 5703 S. Sossaman Road in Mesa, according to a press release.

The public is invited to attend.

To RSVP, call Ryan Smith, strategic communications and government relations for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, at 480-988-7617 or e-mail him at rsmith@gatewayairport.com.

On Aug. 25, the airport released information that it had received one of its largest federal grants since transitioning from a fighter pilot training base to a bustling regional airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a $9,126,000 grant to replace more than one million square feet of concrete originally built in 1941.

The concrete, referred to as the North Apron Area, will be replaced in five phases and includes areas used by corporate, military, general aviation and the two flight training schools that operate out of Gateway Airport.

The year-long project is being scheduled in phases in order to not disrupt daily operations at the busy airport.

The $10 million project includes a local grant match by the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.  Construction is expected to take a year to complete, according to the Aug. 25 press release. 

After a competitive bidding process, Dibble Engineering was awarded the contract to oversee the project.

For more information about the North Apron Reconstruction Program, visit www.gatewayairport.com.

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