Monday, December 05, 2016

Northwest Missouri Regional Airport runway rebuild nears completion

City-owned Northwest Missouri Regional Airport west of Maryville is open for business.

As of Sunday, the rebuilt 4,600-foot runway was approved for daylight takeoffs and landings. Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland said clearance for 24-hour usage should come by the end of the week.

The airport had been closed since mid-June when crews from Ideker Construction in St. Joseph began breaking up the old runway, which was beginning to pose safety issues related to disintegrating pavement.

Not included in the rebuild was the southernmost 600 feet of the runway, which was added as an extension in 2008 along with a second taxiway.

The remainder of the 75-foot-wide airstrip, all of which has been replaced, was built in the mid-1990s.

Heiland said Ideker crews will remain on site for the next several days completing electrical work related to a new runway lighting system included as part of the repaving project.

The airport was originally scheduled to reopen in early October, but problems related to creating an adequate substrate — the packed gravel bed on which the newly poured concrete rests — pushed completion back by two months.

Total project cost of the runway rehab is just under $3.4 million, with more than 90 percent of the funding coming from a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant.

The city is responsible for a $339,000 local match, which is being financed using a Missouri Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Assistance Revolving Fund loan — a program known as STAR.


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