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Runway 11-29 Safety Area Grading Project

The Port of Skagit proposes to undertake grading and other associated improvements to Skagit Regional Airport:

•12.35 acres of excavation, filling, and grading in the Runway Safety Area (RSA) and Runway Object Free Area (ROFA);

•Wildlife exclusion fencing around the edge of the ROFA;

•Stormwater and drainage improvements; and

•5.83 acres of wetland fill.

The purpose of the Project is to meet FAA grade standards within the RSA and enable vegetation management within the ROFA on the Runway 11 approach end. The Project is needed to correct existing grade deficiencies and obtain compliance with FAA RSA grading requirements. The estimated construction period for the Preferred Alternative is April 2015 through September 2015, and the current estimated cost is $2.8 million.

Project News: October 4, 2016 

Taxiway A3, A4, and a portion of Taxiway A will be closed starting Monday October 3, 2016 through October 12, 2016 from west of Taxiway A2 to Taxiway A4, requiring a runway back-taxi operation to reach the Runway 11 threshold. For more information click HERE.

 

Project News: August 19, 2016 

Runway 11-29 will be fully closed on August 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information click HERE 

 

Project News: July 8, 2016 

Construction safety meetings will be held each Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Meetings take place at the Port Administration office. 

 

Project News: July 1, 2016 

The safety meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday July 5 to Thursday July 7. More information available HERE 

We wish you a safe 4th of July weekend! 

 

Project News: June 16, 2015

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 2015.

 

Project News: June 30, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made a Finding of No significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed actions at Skagit Regional Airport on June 24, 2014. This FONSI is based on the information and analysis contained in the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) dated June 2014. This FEA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, and Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. The FEA documents the evaluation of environmental impacts associated with actions proposed by the Airport.

Proposed Actions

The Port of Skagit proposes to undertake grading and other associated improvements to the Airport for which they are seeking Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding. The Federal actions to be undertaken by the FAA are as follows:

•          Issue AIP funding for the excavation, filling, and grading in the Runway 11/29 Safety Area (RSA) and Runway Object Free Area (ROFA).

•          Issue AIP funding for stormwater and drainage improvements.

Purpose and Need

The purpose of the Project is to meet FAA grade standards within the RSA and enable vegetation management within the ROFA on the Runway 11 approach end. The Project is needed to correct existing grade deficiencies and obtain compliance with FAA RSA grading requirement.

Preferred Alternative

The Preferred Alternative includes of clearing, and grading, filling of 12.35 to establish a uniform surface elevation. This alternative will achieve compliance with FAA standards for D-II Airport Reference Code. No pavement, buildings, or other impervious surfaces will be installed. 5.83 acres of wetland will be filled as part of this alternative.

The Preferred Alternative would have effects to hydrology and wetlands. The proposed project would cause a minor exceedance of more than 20 percent of pre-project inflow volumes into a wetland for 4 out of 365 total days. Wetland impacts would be 5.83 acres of direct, permanent wetland fill.

Compensatory wetland mitigation is provided through purchase of 6.96 wetland mitigation bank credits from an approved mitigation bank. A separate cattle exclusion fence would be installed to exclude cattle from all of Wetland A and a portion of its buffer (24 acres), thus reducing a direct source of fecal coliform bacteria. An existing livestock watering trough would also be relocated.

Availability

The FONSI and FEA are posted to: http://www.portofskagit.com/skagit-regional-airport/.

Paper copies of the FONSI and FEA are available for review at:

•          Federal Aviation Administration, Seattle Airports District Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW, Renton, Washington 98055, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

•          Port of Skagit Airport, 15400 Airport Drive, Burlington, Washington 98233, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All questions and public comments regarding the proposed project and requests for copies should be directed to Cayla Morgan, Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Seattle Airports District Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW, Renton, Washington 98055, 425-227-2653, Cayla.Morgan@faa.gov.

The public notice period will end at 5:00 PM on July 15, 2014.