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Port Awards Contract for Runway Safety Grading Project

The Port of Skagit has awarded the conditional contract for a construction project to improve the safety area on the west end of the main runway at Skagit Regional Airport to Scarsella Bros. Inc. of Seattle.

The contractor’s winning bid for construction of the Runway 11-29 Runway Safety Area and Object-Free Area Grading project was $2,117,419.27, lowest of five bids received. The project, which will bring the Runway 11 approach end safety area up to Federal Aviation Administration standards for Category DII aircraft (large business jets), includes clearing, grading and filling 12.35 acres to establish uniform elevation. It also includes installation of perimeter wildlife fencing.

The bid award is contingent on the receipt of FAA approval and funding availability, plus permitting for replacement of the wildlife fence between the port and Paccar properties. The port is applying to the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for a grant to cover 90 percent of the project and seeks funding from Washington State Department of Transportation that would provide a further 5 percent of the project’s cost. The port will pay the remaining 5 percent.

Construction is expected to begin in August.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email