Taxiway geometry improvements at Aberdeen Regional Airport
The main runway at Aberdeen Regional Airport is closed again to allow for summer construction.
Transportation director Rich Krokel said runway 13-31, the northwest-southeast runway, was closed on Monday and is expected to reopen on June 28. federal government grant. This funding was granted in 2019.
Some improvements to the taxiway geometry were completed in 2020, and more will be completed this summer. The final step, Krokel said, is the creation of 90-degree turns on the airport runways, which will meet Federal Aviation Administration safety guidelines.
The works include the reconstruction of taxiway D, the closure of taxiway C between runway 13/31 and taxiway F and the reconstruction of part of the general aviation apron .
“We’ve been planning this since 2018,” Krokel said.
A section of approximately 100 feet by 700 feet of the general aviation apron is part of the improvements to the taxiway geometry.
Without the grant, the work would likely have been paid for with the city’s annual airport improvement project funding.
There is more work planned for the coming years. Krokel said the last element of the surface improvements will be the reconstruction of the general aviation apron, tentatively scheduled for 2022 and 2023. Each of these phases is expected to cost around $ 3 million, of which the city will have to contribute. up to 6% of costs. .
This work is still in the planning stage and federal funding has yet to be released, Krokel said. This means that the project schedule could still change.
The work will require significant planning in order not to interrupt the commercial activities of the airport. The concrete on the deck dates from 1986.
The airport also received a $ 1 million grant under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act. In total, the airport has received $ 1,010,044 which can be used to reimburse the cost of operations and personnel; cleaning, sanitation and housekeeping services; control the spread of pathogens at the airport; and debt service payments, according to the award letter.
As the grant is specifically focused on fighting the coronavirus, Krokel said. He is considering purchasing disinfectant robots capable of running twice a day and destroying potential viruses on heavily affected surfaces. Another purchase he’s exploring is an ion exchange unit for the airport’s air handling system.
“Everyone seems surprised that we are going in this direction,” Krokel said.