Thursday, August 01, 2013

County seeks airport construction bids: Arcata (KACV), Arcata-Eureka, California

The Humboldt County board of supervisors unanimously approved two airport improvement projects during its Tuesday, July 23 meeting.

According to a county report, the first airport project is for the future construction of an airport/aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at the Arcata-Eureka Airport. The report states the project consists of the demolition of the nose hangar and the excavation of the future facility's foundation, as well as enhancements to security lights, fencing, the parking lot, storm drains and underground utilities.

Bids for the future project will be opened at 2 p.m. in the county clerk's office on Aug. 22.

The estimated cost for construction, management, administration, environmental mitigation and testing is just under $2.5 million. Around $2.2 million has been tentatively approved for funding by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the report, and the remaining costs will be funded through Passenger Facility Charge No. 10 - an interest-bearing trust fund established by the board in November 2011.

The other project is for a “wildlife exclusion perimeter” fence at the Murray Field Airport in Eureka. Staff will install red obstruction warning lights as well as the conduits and wiring that go with them.

The estimated cost for the project is just under $609,000. By approving the agenda item, the board increased the previously $500,000 budget by $110,000 to $610,000 in order to fund construction.