VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — Van Nuys Airport was awarded an $18.4 million grant for reconstruction, officials announced Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration grant will pay to reconstruct and repave the entire 8,000-foot-long primary runway.

Officials say the project is expected to take nine months to complete. Construction is scheduled to start early next year.

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