About the Project
Runway 16R/34L is located on the northwest side of the airfield and dates to the original construction of the airport in 1964. The runway needs rehabilitation; the last major runway pavement rehabilitation was completed in 1999. This project includes rehabilitation of the runway pavement and connector taxiway pavement out to the proposed runway hold lines, as well as replacement of incandescent edge lighting, airfield guidance signage, PAPIs and REILs with new LED fixtures and associated infrastructure.
Runway 16R/34L is currently 100 feet wide. Current FAA guidance states that a runway with the fleet mix that uses this runway shall be 75 feet in width. As part of this project, the runway pavement will be remarked at 75 feet wide, however the full width of the asphalt-paved runway will remain 100 feet wide, with 12.5-foot shoulders on each side of the runway. The shoulders will aid in airport maintenance, including snow removal and edge light maintenance as the edge lights will move up onto the pavement.
There are currently six (6) connector taxiways located along the west side of the 3,715-foot runway. Along with the runway rehabilitation, Taxiway A3 will be removed and replaced with turf infield. The remaining taxiway connectors will be renamed, with Taxiway A1 at the north end of the runway through Taxiway A5 at the south end. New signage installed with the project will reflect the renaming of the taxiways.
We had rain October 11 and 12, and some showers the morning of October 16. Airfield electrical work continued last week, installing runway edge lights, guidance signs, while demolishing taxiway edge lights and removing signs. The runway surface was prepared for paving the week of October 19. Work Area B will be closed starting October 21 through October 30 (this is a change from the original schedule). Once paving begins, trucks will be hauling at the south end of the runway, the contractor will have a flag person staged to stop construction traffic to allow aircraft to utilize Taxiway A to Taxiway K. The flag person is in radio communication with the ATCT.
Construction began on Monday, October 5. Great weather allowed the contractor to make considerable progress this week. The runway within Work Area A has been milled and the contractor is now preparing the milled surface for paving next week. Taxiways A2 and A4 have been milled as well. Removal of Taxiway A3 is ongoing. On the airfield electrical side, the contractor has placed most of the new edge lights along the runway in Work Area A. In the next week, airfield electrical work will continue and wedge and leveling course paving may begin on Thursday, October 15 (weather dependent). Rains from Hurricane Delta are anticipated Sunday-Tuesday with 1-3 inches of rain expected. We are fortunate that most of the work is on existing pavements so the rain should have minimal impact on the schedule.
The construction is broken into two runway closures. Runway Closure #1 is 45 calendar days in duration and will begin on October 5, 2020. The majority of the project work items will be completed during this closure, including pavement milling, new paving, and replacement of edge lights, signs and NAVAIDs. Runway Closure #2 will take place no sooner than 30 calendar days following paving and includes final pavement markings on the runway and taxiways. Temporary pavement markings will be installed at the conclusion of the first runway closure in order to reopen the runway to traffic during the 30 day pavement curing window. Final pavement markings installation is weather dependent, and the potential exists that low late-fall temperatures push the final markings to Spring 2021. If this happens, the runway will remain open during the winter with the temporary markings.
Runway closure #1 is subdivided into three work areas in order to maximize the length of time that both Taxiways K and V are open for cross-airfield traffic. Refer to the exhibits. Work Area A will be closed the entire 45 calendar day duration of Runway Closure #1, however access to the east side of the airfield is maintained via both Taxiways K and V. Work Area B includes the north end of Runway 16R/34L and is 10 calendar days maximum. These 10 calendar days may not be consecutive. Access to the east side of the airfield will be via Taxiway K only. Work Area C includes the south end of Runway 16R/34L and is six (6) calendar days maximum. These six calendar days may not be consecutive. Access to the east side of the airfield will be via Taxiway V only.
Work Areas B and C will not be active at the same time, and access to the east side of the airfield will always be maintained via Taxiways K or V, or both. When the runway construction schedule is finalized, this website will be updated to outline the dates for the respective work areas. Also, observe caution when Taxiway K is open as the contractor’s haul route will cross at the south end of the runway. A contractor flag person will be stationed at the end of the runway with radio communication with the ATCT. Aircraft will have right-of-way at all times.
Below is a time line of the project from design through the start of construction. This information will be updated as construction progresses.
|Design Kick-Off||October 2019|
|90% Design Submittal||April 2020|
|Bid Advertisement||May 2020|
|Bid Opening||June 2020|
|Runway Closure #1 (45 Calendar Days)||October 5, 2020 – November 19, 2020|
|Work Area A||October 5, 2020 – November 19, 2020|
|Work Area B||October 21, 2020 – October 30, 2020|
|Work Area C||November 12, 2020 – November 19, 2020|
|Runway Closure #2 (2 Calendar Days)||Spring 2021 (weather dependent)|