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airport taxiway extension and runway rehabilitation

airport taxiway extension and runway rehabilitation
Range Regional Airport

accelerated construction and phased approach win award for airport projects

After the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority (CHAA) identified capital improvement projects for the taxiway and runways at the Range Regional Airport, it determined that a phased approach would be the best way to maintain flight service. The CHAA then looked to Barr and another design firm for assistance with design engineering, construction administration and observation, and project management. 

Barr provided site reconnaissance, design, and construction services and acted as the owner’s resident construction representative during both phases. In 2008, we assisted the airport in completing the 13/31 parallel taxiway extension project, extending the taxiway approximately 3,300 feet. Completing this project first enabled the airport to use the taxiway as a temporary runway and maintain flight service during the runway rehabilitation project.

The runway rehabilitation project was completed in 2009 with a $4.2 million stimulus grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It included complete rehabilitation of the main runway and the crosswind runway. Construction was challenging given a very aggressive schedule and the number of affected parties. Reconstruction of the main and crosswind runways was substantially complete in less than three months on September 1, 2009, the commercial airlines’ date to return to regular service.

For this project, CHAA won the Minnesota Airports “2010 Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year” award.