French Valley Airport to receive more than $2 million for improvements


French Valley Airport is slated to receive $2.24 million in federal funds for resurfacing work on the taxiway and runway; it was announced Monday, Sept. 23.

The Riverside County-owned airfield was among 354 recipients of grants totaling $986 million under the Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program.

“This significant investment in airport improvements in California will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation, DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said.

The AIP grants are generally reserved for projects that involve upgrading, modifying or constructing airport aprons, runways, taxiways and terminals, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Grant amounts are determined based on activity levels and needs at each location, according to the agency.

The taxiway and runway at French Valley are showing signs of fatigue from high-volume use, with a variety of aircraft utilizing the airport, including general aviation planes, executive jets and helicopters.

According to the DOT, the latest round of AIP grants comprises part of a $3.18 billion federal investment in civil aviation, which accounts for $1.6 trillion in economic activity throughout the United States.