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Bush Intercontinental Receives $15 Million

Grant for Taxiway Rehab

Houston Airport System
September 24, 2010

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The taxiway rehabilitation project should be completed by May 8, 2012.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) received good news – in the amount of $15.7 million.

The Secretary of Transportation and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently announced a $15 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program Grant for taxiway rehabilitation at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The two taxiways that are being rehabilitated were originally constructed in 1965.

“These taxiways were built about 45 years ago and designed at a time when the largest aircraft for IAH was the Boeing 727-100 aircraft,” said Mario C. Diaz, director of aviation. “Today, we have Boeing 747s, we’re expecting the 787 – Dreamliner soon and we do anticipate the Airbus 380. We must continue to preserve, to maintain and build on the infrastructure at IAH.”

Construction began on September 8, 2010, and the taxiways are expected to be completed May 8, 2012.

With this project, the latest FAA Advisory Circular will be used for the design.

The unusual aspect of this project is that taxiways typically have a 20-year design life, but the two new taxiways will have a new overlay will add 30 years to their life and enable them to handle larger Group VI aircraft, such as the A-380.

The hard work by Congresswoman Jackson Lee that resulted in this multi-million dollar grant represents exciting news for Houston passengers because the improvements that will allow for an increase in the number of travelers IAH serves, improve efficiency, and help maintain an excellent on-time performance.

“I am excited that IAH will be receiving a $15 million grant to improve two taxiways,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “Jobs will be created and there will be greater opportunities for small, women and minority owned business because of the great MWBE program that Mr. Diaz has been made anew.”

New taxiway centerline lights for surface movement guidance control systems or SMGCS routing and runway status lights will also be installed as part of the project.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides non-stop service to approximately 110 destinations within the U.S. and nearly 70 direct and non-stop international destinations; has five active runways and serves more than 40 million passengers annually.

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