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Two-Year Project to Improve Airport Runway

Burlington-- Work should begin this summer on major improvements to the main runway at Skagit Regional Airport, the Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners agreed June 8.

 

The project to upgrade Runway 10-28, which was built by the U.S. Navy during World War II, will span two years to accommodate the short Northwest construction seasons, said Bob Nord, airport supervisor and project manager for the Port of Skagit.

 

The first phase of construction, likely to be completed this summer, will replace the runway’s failed under drain system with a new system located outside the boundaries of the runway pavement. Then a 2-inch-thick maintenance overlay, compatible with the pending crown conversion, will be placed on the runway to limit further deterioration of the surface. The commissioners awarded a contract today, contingent on the receipt of federal funding, for $2,533,826.30 to Interwest Construction Inc., Burlington, for the first phase of construction. The total includes the base bid plus an additive alternate for fencing.

 

The commissioners said they were pleased not only that the bids came in substantially below the $3.5- million engineer’s estimate for the project but also because a local contractor will be doing the work.

 

The second phase of the 10-28 project, taking place during the summer of 2011, will convert the runway’s shed section into a crown section, shifting the highest part of the runway from the northern edge to the centerline. This will require raising the existing grade on the centerline by approximately 14 inches and will bring the runway into conformance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. At the same time, the eastern 1,500 feet of the runway will be raised approximately 5 feet to make it more compatible with aircraft currently using the airport.

 

Funding from the Federal Aviation Administration will cover 95 percent of the design and construction cost, said Sara Young, manager of planning and environmental services for the Port of Skagit. That means the Port’s share of the first phase of the project will total about $166,000.

 

Nord cautioned the bid award is contingent on FAA funding, which may not be available until after mid-July at the earliest and possibly not until August. The project cannot start until FAA funds are available and a grant is issued and accepted by the Port commissioners.

 

The first phase construction work is to be substantially completed by Oct. 31, including three separate one-day closures of both runways at the airport.

 

The Port also has awarded a contract to Advanced Construction Inc., of Mukilteo, for renovations to an existing building that will become the new FedEx Sort Facility at the airport. The winning bid was $434,964 including sales tax and a bid of $27,050 including sales tax for the bid alternate. Nine companies submitted bids for the project.

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 andrew@portofskagit.com