The pavement at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is about to be
upgraded, as the Santa Monica City Council approved at its Tuesday special
meeting a contract for almost $700,000 to repave the airport’s runway and
runway; parking lot improvements are also included in the expenditure.
PALP Inc., doing business as Excel Paving Company, was
the winning bidder for the city contract, which is not to exceed $672,525.
“The Santa Monica Airport Runway, Taxiway and Parking Lot
Improvements project would remove the build-up of rubber deposits from aircraft
tires from the runway surface, repair damaged pavement sections of the taxiways
north and south of the runway, refresh and update pavement markings along the
runway and taxiways, and resurface the tenant parking lot serving the Santa
Monica Arts Studio… and the Ruskin Theater Group… buildings,” City staff
Santa Monica Arts Studio is located at 3026 Airport
Avenue and Ruskin Theater Group is at 3000 Airport Avenue.
According to City staff, construction would take place
after hours “to allow removal of rubber deposits from the runway surface and to
refresh the runway markings.”
“The rubber removal and runway restriping would occur
over a period of four nights, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., during
which time the runway would be closed to aircraft landing and take-off,” City
Expect some loud noises coming from the runway during
“The equipment for the rubber removal process utilizes
high-pressure water,” City staff stated, adding the equipment “is designed to
fully recover all the wastewater and rubber debris for disposal at an approved
Long Beach-based Excel Paving was one of two companies to
submit a bid to City Hall to provide airport construction services.
Sully-Miller Contracting Co. from Brea, Calif., was the
other company that submitted a bid; its bid was $670,728. With the 10 percent
contingency paid by City Hall, Sully-Miller’s contract would have been for
Excel Paving, according to City staff, had recently
completed projects in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and here in Santa Monica. The
company “successfully completed the City’s Annual Paving and Sidewalk Repair
project and the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street project,” City staff
Construction is expected to begin June 3 and
continue through July 31.
The airfield pavement rehab portion of the project is
expected to cost $539,856; the pavement of the parking lot is estimated to cost
Council members had discussed this expense item earlier
in its special meeting dedicated exclusively to SMO. Some council members
pointed out this project is an example of how City Hall subsidizes SMO.
The pavement project was one of two consent calendar
items on the April 30 agenda; the other item was a contract modification for
the operation of a landing fee program at SMO. Vector-US, Inc., was authorized
to receive an additional $58,344 “to provide for the image capture of aircraft
operations, data management and reports, billing, and payment collections” for
SMO’s landing fee program.
Vector-US originally had a four-year, $400,000 contract
with City Hall to perform its services for the landing fee program; with this
modification, the contract is now worth $458,344 over four years.
Both consent calendar items were approved unanimously.
Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day was not present at the April 30
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