The second part of a two phase runway construction project at the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport begins Monday, September 19. The runway will be extended 1,000 feet to the south and strengthened with a 3-inch asphalt overlay.
In addition, a new taxiway will be constructed, new LED runway lights will be installed and all runway signs will be upgraded with new electronics and sign panels.
“This runway extension project will position the airport for continued success into the future,” said Airport Director Jeremy Keating. “Adding an additional 1,000 feet of runway will improve safety by increasing the takeoff and landing distance available to aircraft. In addition, these improvements will make our airport more attractive for future development.”
The majority of the work during the project will be performed during overnight hours, with nightly runway closures which allow construction crews access to the pavement. The project is built around arriving and departing commercial flights, resulting in minimal operational impact to the local community.
Bullhead City-based McCormick Construction was awarded the contract for this phase of the project. “Having a local company performing the work is great, knowing the money is staying in the community,” Keating said.
Funding for the project includes approximately $16.6-million in Federal Airport Improvement Program funding, $700,000 in local Passenger Facility Charge revenues and $700,000 from the Arizona Department of Transportation Aviation Fund.
Project completion is anticipated next March.