Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California, US, has announced the completion of the $30m Taxiway Victor and Bravo Rehabilitation Project.

Covering more than 50 acres, the project scope included asphalt-concrete overlay and lighting infrastructure upgrades on the taxiways.

Works were carried out at one of the most utilised and operationally critical areas of the OAK’s airfield.

During the construction works, eight separate taxiway intersections were affected.

With the completion of the project, the re-paved taxiways are expected to serve all flight operations at the airport for the next ten to 15 years.

Port of Oakland Aviation director Bryant Francis said: “The rehabilitation of Taxiways Bravo and Victor was an important undertaking for us because of just how essential these taxiways are.

“Virtually all flights that depart or arrive at OAK will touch Taxiways Victor or Bravo at some point during their time on the ground. FAA grant funding was essential for us to maintain and improve this crucial thoroughfare of the airport.”

The project was partially financed by three grants provided by the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.

In 2020, the airport received nearly $14m as the first two grants, and $12.3m was provided as the third grant last year.

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said: “I applaud the Port of Oakland and the FAA for their collaborative efforts to maintain and upgrade Oakland Airport, one of California’s critical transportation hubs.

“Last year, more than eight million passengers and 1.4 billion pounds of cargo relied on OAK to transit the Bay Area. This programme’s success will allow the region to continue serving as an epicentre of travel and commerce for California and beyond. Congratulations to all involved.”