BURBANK AIRPORT ALMOST CLEARED FOR $107 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS.
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BURBANK -- A Bob Hope Airport Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR, ICAO: KBUR, FAA LID: BUR) is a regional and national airport located in Burbank, California, United States.
It was formerly known as United Airport (1930-1934); Union Air Terminal (1934-1940); finance committee gave the preliminary OK on Monday for a proposed $107.2 million budget -- 36 percent more than last year -- that includes nearly $70 million for facility upgrades and runway improvements.
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2006-2007, which begins July 1, includes nearly $12 million in reserves, which officials expect to use to help offset costs Costs for which funds have been appropriated but will not be obligated because of a contingency operation. See also contingency operation. of making overdue upgrades. Last year's budget was $78.9 million.
``We're playing some catch-up to bring this facility up to date as much as we can,'' airport spokesman Victor Gill said. ``We're trying to take a facility with physical limitations and modernize mod·ern·ize
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To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.
To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style. it as best we can.''
The budget was discussed at a meeting of the Airport's Finance and Administration Committee.
The panel voted 3-0 to recommend the spending plan to the full nine-member Airport Authority, which is expected to vote on it this month or next.
The budget comes as record numbers of passengers are flying into Bob Hope.
Last year, the figure hit an all-time high of 5.5 million, surpassing the 4.9 million in 1995 and 2004. The increase is fueled by new arrivals from Delta Airlines and JetBlue flights.
The jump has led to a parking crunch, a problem officials are scrambling See scramble. to fix. They are proposing $13 million for improvements to the airport's parking lot.
But no additional spaces are in the budget because the airport is bound by a development agreement signed last year with the city of Burbank that limits the number of spaces it can develop, Gill said.
Nearly $42 million is expected to go toward building, communications, equipment and security upgrades.
The budget also includes $9 million to repave the airport's two runways, a project expected to start within a month. Work will be done at night and won't affect flights, Gill said.
In July, work crews are expected to start a $6.4 million project to move a parking lot to free up space for a taxiway taxiway: see airport. for general aviation and cargo planes cargo plane n → avión m de carga
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Now, when some planes land they have to make a U-turn on the runway to return to their parking area, slowing the airport's overall operations, Gill said.
An additional $13 million will go toward repaving a parking lot, building and moving a roadway, and creating a valet-parking facility.
Nearly $14 million will go toward noise mitigation Noise mitigation is a set of strategies to reduce unwanted environmental sound. The main topics of noise mitigation (alternatively known as noise abatement) are: transportation noise control, architectural design, and occupational noise control. , a jump of 24 percent over last year. Some $10 million of that is slated to help insulate in·su·late
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1. To cause to be in a detached or isolated position. See Synonyms at isolate.
2. 200 homes underneath the flight path. Officials also plan to spend $1.2 million to upgrade monitors that pick up jet noise at 17 stations around the airport.
Burbank Mayor Todd Campbell, who had not seen the airport's budget as of Monday afternoon, was pleased to hear that more money could go toward noise mitigation.
``I think that with the growth of the airport ... there is an obligation (to make sure) that mitigation also increases to reflect those additional impacts,'' he said.