Hartford airport project could begin in fall

May 16, 2017

Tom Brown of Hartford works on his 1941 Waco airplane in his hanger Thursday morning at the Hartford Municipal Airport in the town of Hartford. (photo courtesy of John Ehlke/Daily News)
Tom Brown works on his 1941 Waco airplane in his hanger at the Hartford Municipal Airport. (photo courtesy of John Ehlke/Daily News)

After 15 years, city looks to begin accepting bids July 20.

Work could finally begin in September on expansion and reconstruction of the Hartford Municipal Airport runway. City officials have been working for nearly 15 years to gain state and federal approvals to move ahead with the work.

City Administrator Steve Volkert said in a recent memo to other city officials that he received a tentative timeline of events that should take place soon from Paul Strege, of Mead & Hunt, who has been working on the engineering for the project on the city’s behalf.

“Bid opening is scheduled for July 20,” Volkert said. “The contract will be awarded in mid-August to early September. At that point the FAA provides a discretionary grant for the project.”

Volkert said he was told those funds are not typically issued until very late in the federal fiscal year. A notice to proceed (NTP) will then be issued after the contract is awarded.

Construction could start as soon as 10 days after the NTP has been issued, which could be early to mid-September.