Friday, September 21, 2012

Mandan Municipal (Y19), North Dakota: Bids awarded for airport work

The Mandan Airport Authority awarded $5.7 million in contracts to resurface and relight its runway. Northern Improvement will do the construction work and Strata will replace the lights, said Mandan Airport Manager Jim Lawler.

The bids came in about $1.2 million higher than engineer estimates, Lawler said, but the Federal Aviation Administration has amended its grant offer to match the steeper costs. The FAA will pay for 90 percent of the project, the state Aeronautics Commission 5 percent of costs and the Mandan Airport will pay 5 percent of the costs.

The runway surface is 35 years old.

Work will involve replacing the asphalt with concrete.The 4,400-foot main runway serves 15,000 single-engine and light twin-engine plane takeoffs and landings per year.

Lawler said no dirt work will be done at the site this fall, but said the contractor may start stockpiling material in preparation. He said work could start after the ground thaws. Resurfacing work should be completed in October 2013.

The project will close the main runway for at least five months and all plane access to the airport for 30 days, he said. A grass runway will be open for most of the construction process.

The FAA moved the resurfacing project from 2016 to 2013.


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