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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport receives $9M FAA grant for major airfield reconstruction project

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The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded a $9,126,000 grant to replace more than one million square feet of concrete originally built in 1941 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)

The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded a $9,126,000 grant to replace more than one million square feet of concrete originally built in 1941 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It will create over 100 jobs after the project is completed.

Brian O’Neill, executive director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, picks up some of the 75-year-old concrete to remember the occasion. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)
Brian O’Neill, executive director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, picks up some of the 75-year-old concrete to remember the occasion. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)

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 construction is being scheduled in phases in order to not disrupt daily operations at the busy airport.

“This project is an example of where federal, state and local officials all worked together for the economic impact in the region,” said Brian O’Neill, executive director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. “Like a lot of great things happening here we once again take a shuttered U.S. Air Force base and develop it into an economic engine. It’s a shining example of how we can work together to make sure infrastructure is improved. This project will come in on time and under budget.

“We’re committed to being a good neighbor and an economic catalyst for the East Valley and this will be a critical project for the airport because we will recreate history by recycling 75-year-old concrete to live on and serve a purpose for years to come,” O’Neill continued. “That concrete was placed in 1941 when this military base rose to prominence as a pilot training center. Through hard work and partnerships, we are helping not just the East Valley but the entire Phoenix area with the $3.5 million in entitlement funds.”

Dibble Engineering was awarded the contract to oversee the project, which will take a year to complete.

“We are blessed as a region and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority is an example of how our region works together,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “The reason this airport is so successful is because of its merits. Infrastructure is what helps exceed expectations and we’re looking forward to great dividends.”

O’Neill added: “This airport is poised to do amazing things.”

For more information about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, visit www.gatewayairport.com.

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

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