City Council today ratified the five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the El Paso International Airport (EPIA) estimated at approximately $107.5 million.
The capital plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 will predominately target airfield pavement projects including reconstructing the primary runway and various taxiways while still addressing other airport maintenance and safety needs, such as upgrades to escalators, heating and cooling systems, and the baggage inspection area.
“The main focus of the CIP is pavement rehabilitation within the airfield. Approximately $52.57 million will be allocated to improving our runways, taxiways and airfield perimeter roads,” Aviation Director Monica Lombraña said.
She added, “The investment in airfield pavement allows the airport to stay compliant with Part 139 FAA regulations on safety and the quality of the pavement required for continued commercial operations. In addition, the airport in conjunction with TSA has programmed approximately $29.5 million for the Consolidated Baggage Inspection System project.”
The CIP funding includes $18.9 million from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grants, $50.4 million from the Passenger Facility Charge Program, $14.2 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $2.5 million from the Customer Facility Charge and $21.4 million from the Airport Enterprise Funds.
The plan was developed and coordinated with all federal agencies, airlines and other stakeholders at the airport.
The balance of the CIP includes projects that address operational and aesthetic improvements for the airport and facility replacement of assets that have exceeded their useful life.