A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Long Beach Airport (LGB) on October 11, 2018, to celebrate the completed reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, which is primarily used for general aviation. Runway 26L is Long Beach Airport’s shortest but busiest runway.
To commemorate the reconstruction completion, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews joined pilot Curt Castagna, C.M., President/CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group and President of the Long Beach Airport Association, for a ceremonial first flight. The two took off in a Varga airplane from Runway 26L.
Reconstruction began in January 2018 to improve pilot safety and pavement conditions
HNTB Corporation was the designer for the project, and All American Asphalt was the general contractor. Jacobs Engineering served as the construction manager. Both the redesignation process and the reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L were primarily funded through a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant approved by Long Beach City Council last year.