Runway renovation

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Work continues on the Juneau International Airport's runway safety area expansion, a measure required by the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce damage and risk should a plane overshoot, undershoot or drive off the 8,456-foot runway.

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Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The airport is adding 900 feet on the east end of the runway and 250 feet on the west end.

A 75-foot safety area will be added to each side of the runway; dirt dredged from the float pond will be used for fill, which will help get rid of weeds in the pond, hazardous bird habitat around the runway, and will help create the safety area.

Airport Deputy Manager Patricia deLaBruere said dredging, scheduled to begin in June, is "our big piece of the puzzle right now."

Work on this phase of the project began in October. It's expected to cost $42 million and be complete by early 2011.

Phase 2, which includes runway pavement and lighting systems and is in planning and design, was projected at about $24 million.

Ninety-five percent of the money is supplied by the FAA. The state provides 2.5 percent, leaving a 2.5 percent local match.

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