Petersburg Airport Runway
Safety Area improvements,
Project phasing and upcoming runway closure update
May 05, 2008
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
(DOT&PF) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are
working to complete design of the Petersburg Airport Runway Safety
Area (RSA) Improvements project to bring the facility into compliance
with current FAA design standards.
Final design reviews have resulted
in increases to the overall construction cost estimate for the
project and prompted DOT&PF to make the following changes:
Project Construction Phasing: The original plan to construct all
of the RSA improvements as a single construction project has
been modified as a result of the increases to the construction
cost estimate, combined with changes in available funding. These
conditions prompted the need to divide the project into two construction
phases as follows:
Phase I: This initial phase will widen the
RSA embankment on each side of the existing runway and replace
existing cross runway drainage culverts. The two-to-four week-long
runway closure for culvert replacement activities will be included
in this phase. DOT&PF will advertise for construction bids
this month and expect construction to be completed in the fall
Phase II: The second phase will lengthen and complete
the RSA construction. The work includes the additional embankment
construction at the runway's west end, shifting the runway thresholds,
runway paving, and navigational aids upgrades. Construction of
this phase requires the authorization of additional funding.
"We currently anticipate
construction beginning in 2009 with completion in 2010,"
said Jim Heumann, project manager.
Airport Closure Schedule: The scheduled airport closure for
cross runway culvert replacements that will occur as part of
the Phase I construction activities has been changed from fall
2008 to spring 2009. This change will allow the contractor more
time to prepare for, and be more efficient in construction of,
the culvert replacements.
Alaska Airlines was consulted
and provided input endorsing a two-to-four week long closure
window beginning on or around March 23, 2009 after communicating
with their community advisory boards in Petersburg and Wrangell.
DOT&PF will provide alternate
transportation for passengers and air freight between the Petersburg
and Wrangell airports during the closure as presented in the
project environmental assessment document for the project.
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