The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners recently took a tour of the construction work at Skagit Regional Airport (BVS) in Burlington, Wash., where the Runway 10-28 Overlay and Underdrain Improvements project have begun.
The port has awarded a contract for $2,533,826.30 to Interwest Construction Inc., Burlington, for the project, which is the first phase of major improvements for the runway. The first phase will replace the runway’s failed underdrain system with a new system located outside the boundaries of the runway pavement. Then a 2-inch-thick maintenance overlay, compatible with the pending crown conversion, will be placed on the runway to limit further deterioration of the surface. Lenses on runway edge lights in the last 2,000 feet of the runway will be replaced, and wildlife deterrent fencing will be installed.
ICI started construction work on May 3 and is to be substantially completed by the end of July, depending on weather and drainage conditions at the site. The second phase of the 10-28 project, taking place during the summer of 2012 or 2013, will convert the runway’s surface into a crown section, shifting the highest part of the runway from the northern edge to the centerline. At the same time, the eastern 1,500 feet of the runway will be raised approximately 5 feet to make it more compatible with aircraft currently using the airport.
The Port of Skagit is maintaining a page on its web site throughout the project to give airport users and the general public access to up-to-date information about the ongoing work.