Joe Goetz, operations manager for Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport, points out areas of future construction of Taxiway B — known at the airport as Taxiway Bravo.
It could be called the lucky No. 7 project.
That's how John Barsalou describes the effort to construct Taxiway B, formerly known as Taxiway J, at Crater Lake-Regional Airport, with its construction bid by Rocky Construction coming in at $7,777,777.77.
“Sevens straight across,” Barsalou said.
“It should be a lucky project.”
Klamath Falls City Council members Monday approved the $7.7 million construction bid from Rocky Mountain Construction, of Klamath Falls, to do the work outlined by the city.
They also approved grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration, which gives the airport the green light to apply for more than $7.3 million or 93.75 percent of the project from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The city will pick up the remaining $486,892 of the project, a 6.25 percent match required through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Council members also approved an FAA grant for $226,193, which helps pay for site improvements to the Modoc Wetland Mitigation program at the airport. The city pays a 6.25 percent match on the mitigation project, as well.
Less 'traffic jams'
The taxiway is designed with larger aircraft in mind, such as a DC-10, according to Joe Goetz, airport operations manager.
The city expects construction to begin in late fall or late spring, Goetz said on Thursday.
Goetz said the airport and Kingsley Field have landings of similar aircraft "fairly regularly."
"We struggle with where to park them," Goetz said.
"This ramp was originally designed for large aircraft but there's no way to get planes to it right now. "
Goetz said the taxiway will help alleviate "traffic jams" on the runway, and is expected to reduce the amount of time aircraft spend on the runway after a landing.
The construction will add three connections for larger aircraft — two connections to the runway and one connection to the airport's ramp, measuring an estimated 2,500 feet once completed.
Taxiway B is designed to run parallel to the east of the runway known at the airport as 14/32, from the north end of the airport to approximately opposite of Taxiway E, according to a city staff report.
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