As part of the plan, the airport will temporarily close Runway 12-30 and general aviation runway 3R-21L. The airport will then relocate and rehabilitate Taxiway A in order to bring it in line with current FAA design standards. Two additional taxiways will have their pavement rehabilitated, and portions of the apron will be extended. Including stops for winter weather, the project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.
“Airports are constantly evolving to keep pace with passenger growth, safety regulations, technological advancements and more,” said Buck Taft, Director of Tri-Cities Airport. “This realignment project ensures that the airport will meet federal standards and continue to operate safely and efficiently.”
J-U-B Engineers is the project manager and also developed the taxiway project design; Inland Asphalt Company will perform the construction work. Both firms have offices in the Tri-Cities area.
Ninety percent of the project’s costs come from a US Department of Transportation grant, with the remaining portion being paid by the airport. The taxiway realignment project will not use local tax dollars.