Press release submitted by city of Davenport|
On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, the Davenport City Council approved the resolution which kicks off the design work for the new crosswind runway at the Davenport Municipal Airport. The green light from the Council launches the second step in the reconstruction project, which is directed at upgrading the infrastructure at the Davenport Municipal Airport.
The Runway 03/21 Reconstruction Project will be built to provide a runway that can accommodate the increased aircraft traffic when the airport closes its main runway, Runway 15/33, for its reconstruction and extension to the north.
The runways currently in use at the Davenport Municipal Airport are the original runways, built in the late 1940's, and have outlived their useful life span. It is no longer cost effective to maintain them through an annual patching program.
The first step in the Runway 03/21 Reconstruction project was the preliminary design evaluation. This project began in late March 2012 and reviewed six different alternatives for the runway ranging from an asphalt overlay to a complete removal and replacement. Core samples were taken from numerous locations along both runways and analyzed to see the condition of the subsoil. After a comprehensive analysis of the data, it was determined to stabilize the subsoil and replace the entire concrete surface. The project concluded in late November 2012. The second step, the design phase, will use the information gathered in the preliminary design evaluation to design a replacement concrete runway that will last 20 years or more. Design features will include better water drainage and a more reliable lighting system for night operations. This step in the project is expected to be complete in May 2013 with the step three construction phase completing in late October 2013.
Under the approved budget, the City-owned Davenport Airport has already received $31,500 from its Capital Improvement Program for this project. The remainder of the $315,000 price tag for the preliminary study and design contracts has come in the form of an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The overall reconstruction project will cost $6.6 million of which 90% will be funded though federal grants to the airport.
Future projects planned for the Davenport Municipal Airport include expansion of the terminal area apron starting in 2015, and reconstruction and extension of the main runway with upgrades to all of the taxiways in 2016. All of these planned projects will heavily contribute to the overall growth and success of the airport and the surrounding business community.
The Davenport Municipal Airport plays a key role in promoting commerce in the City of Davenport. About 300 corporate jets from around the country arrive each year. The services and activities provided by the Davenport Municipal Airport support nearly 400 employment opportunities and generate nearly $20 million in local spending annually.
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