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Airport updates and briefs at a glance 

Sherman Way Tunnel – A huge thank you to L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, CD6, and staff for working successfully with the Bureau of Street Services to have the Sherman Way tunnel cleaned on the first Thursday of every month.

Control Tower Renovation – On August 15, VNY air traffic control staff moved to a temporary tower, where they will conduct operations during an 18-month renovation project that includes the installation of new communications equipment and technology.

Airport Tree Study – To improve airport safety, LAWA will begin collecting data south of the airport near the Van Nuys Golf Course to determine if any trees are obstructing VNY arrival or departure surfaces.

Pavement Management Plan – LAWA has engaged a consulting firm to update VNY’s Pavement Management Plan.  Non-destructive testing of concrete and asphalt areas, last conducted in 2010, is expected to commence in August. Tenants will be notified of requests to access their leaseholds.

Perimeter Security Fence Project – VNY has completed Phase I of its new Perimeter Security Enhancement Project. Shrubbery, plants and trees obscuring gates and fences have been removed; approximately 56 percent of access gates have been closed; and razor wire has been installed on new sections of the perimeter fence.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Services – VNY’s dedicated CBP facility is clearing an average of 57 aircraft per month, well above the initial estimate of 15 clearances per month.

Super Scoopers Arrival – Two CL-415 Super Scooper firefighting aircraft arrived at VNY on August 6, about three weeks ahead of schedule, to provide assistance during the wildfire season. The aircraft are leased from Quebec by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and are expected to remain at VNY through September. Two Erickson Air-Cranes are also at VNY to provide support during wildfire season.