The realignment of the airport’s single runway allows this facility to continue to be a critical transportation hub for both educational and business travel. Our design rotates the existing runway and taxiway system 5.5 degrees and extends the 6,700-foot runway to 7,100 feet, all within a physically constrained site. Due to the airport’s introduction of larger aircraft, this brought the airport back into compliance with Federal Aviation Administrative design standards. Additionally, our changes improved approach procedures and reduced weather-related flight cancellations.
To achieve these results, our team provided comprehensive program management services. We developed creative, workable solutions to numerous complex challenges including project planning, regulatory approvals, environmental compliance, financial planning, legislative strategy, land acquisitions, utility relocations and design phasing. We were able to keep the airport operational throughout construction, minimizing impacts to airport operations and maintaining service to the community.
This runway realignment allows the airport to support regional economic growth by removing constraints on the growth of commercial air service.