Paving Improvements Approved For Santa Monica Airport

Friday, 3 May 2013, 9:24:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

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

staff stated.

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

treatment facility.”

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

pointed out.

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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