Runway 4-22 is the shortest of the three runways at the spaceport in California’s High Desert, and it is in the worst shape. It will be out of commission until March.
The crosswind runway will be widened from 50 to 60 feet, outfitted with lights, and restored to its original length of 4,746 feet. Improvements also will be made to the shoulders and taxiway access.
The nearly $4 million project is being funded largely through a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.
Witt said materials from the existing runway will be used to help improve unpaved roads located on the north side of the airport. This area includes the Mojave boneyard, where aircraft are recycled, as well as test sites used by Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Firestar Technologies and other tenants.