Airport Construction Update

July 26, 2022

Good Afternoon,

 Please find the airport construction update below.

 As most of you know, AHN has received several grants for a multitude of projects that have been on our Capital Improvement Plan.  These projects include:

1)      Localizer Project

2)      Taxiway A Reconstruction Project

3)      Runway 2-20 Reconstruction Project, and

4)      The Runway Obstruction Free Area Clearing

 Please see the detailed update below as of this date.

 1)      The Localizer Project :  We are currently waiting on the FAA to Flight Check it for sign off.  We are told that the FAA is unable to fly the localizer until next month.  Once the localizer is approved and turned on, we will then fly the Glide Slope and will once again have all components of the ILS up and running.  

2)      The Taxiway A Reconstruction Project began 12 months ago and was designed to put new asphalt and lighting on the Taxiway.  The project is split up in two grants.  One grant covers the portion of Taxiway A which includes A1, A2 and A3.  The other grant includes the work for the new parallel portion past A3 to B3.  

Last week, the airport met with GDOT, Holt Engineering, and the contractor.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the project start-up and some of the hurdles that we face such as supply chain delay on cement, drainage pipe, electrical wire, and electrical parts, just to name a few.  The airport and contractor are working through those issues and want to make sure that once we  get started again, the project is not halted due to additional supply chain delays and that everything will continue on without any further interruption until final completion.

Again, I know that the back taxi on 9/27 is not ideal and is a huge inconvenience.  Please continue to communicate with each other, especially when the tower is closed for the evening.  We will continue to update the NOTAMS as the project progresses and as things change within the scope of the project.  

3)      Runway 2-20 Reconstruction Project: This project will lay new asphalt and new runway lighting.  As mentioned previously, this project is currently delayed due to the lack of drainage piping which has a 14 week delay.  Cement is also an issue and may delay the project even more.  We will not start work until the contractor has everything they need for the project. 

4)      The Runway Obstruction Free Area Clearing Project:  this project is an area of brush and small trees that are in the Safety Area and also the ROFA.  Both of these areas must remain clear of any obstructions.  This project will not shut down any runways or taxiways but is a must for a safer airport. We are currently in the Design Phase of this project.  

I will continue to update you as I get more information.  

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the projects and I will be  happy respond.

Thanks,

Mike

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July 5, 2022

 

Good Evening,

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend!

As most of you know, AHN has received several grants for a multitude of projects that have been on our Capital Improvement Plan for a while.  These projects include:

1)            Localizer Project

2)            Taxiway A Reconstruction Project

3)            Runway 2-20 Reconstruction Project, and

4)            The Runway Obstruction Free Area Clearing

Recently, I have been asked by several tenants about the progress of the projects.  Because of this,  I want to take some time to give you an update on the progress, or in some cases, the lack of progress as it may appear, of all of the projects current and soon to be.

1)            The Localizer project began 12 months ago and was designed to relocate the localizer out of the Safety Area and to update the localizer equipment.  The Localizer platform has been built and the localizer equipment has been installed.   The platform is made of wood and was painted last week.  We are currently waiting on the FAA to Flight Check it for sign off.  We are told that the FAA is unable to fly the localizer until next month.  Once the localizer is approved and turned on, we will then fly the Glide Slope and will once again have all components of the ILS up and running.  

2)            The Taxiway A Reconstruction project began 12 months ago and was designed to put new asphalt and lighting on the Taxiway.   The project is split up in two grants.   One grant covers the portion of Taxiway A which includes A1, A2 and A3.  The other grant includes the work for the new parallel portion past A3 to B3.   The current airport operation allows for A1 and A 2 to be currently used however it does require the aircraft to back taxi from that point.  I think we all can agree this is not the ideal situation.  There have been several factors that have delayed the project.  

A list of the major reasons for the delay is as follows:

a)            The project was delayed a little over a month from the start date due to the Construction companies having fewer workers because of the effects of the Pandemic and everyone forced to stay home.

b)            The contractor had decided to shut down operations from mid-November until February due to cold weather not being ideal to lay asphalt.   The cold temperatures would jeopardize the quality of the final product.

c)            Prior to the winter break, the contractor hit several areas of rock in the areas of A3 and the new parallel taxiway area in the project.  Time was taken to determine the extent of the rock and what the cost would be to blast the rock down to meet the project design.    It was determined that blasting was too expensive and more time was taken to re-design the project to bring the dirt back up to an elevation that would avoid the rock.  We are currently working with the contractor on a change order and the project will start up again once everything is approved.  

d)            The lack of supply is playing into the delay as well.   This includes, cement, drainage pipe, electrical wiring and parts for the lighting, not to mention the price of fuel being higher now and much more expensive than it has been just a few months back.  

With all of this said, we are working hard to get this project started back and will continue to do so.  My goal is to concentrate on getting  A1 to A3 completed, including the tie in to the ramp once the project starts back.   This will eliminate the back taxi that we are so tired of.  

3)            Runway 2-20 Reconstruction project will begin in the next few months.  This will be coordinated with the UGA football schedule.  The project will put down new asphalt and new runway lighting.   This project is currently delayed due to the lack of drainage piping which has a 14 week delay.  Cement is also an issue and may delay the project even more.  We will not start work until the contractor has everything they need for the project.

4)            The Runway Obstruction Free Area is the area south of runway 9-27.  It is an area of brush and small trees that are in the Safety Area and also the ROFA.   Both of these areas must remain clear of any obstructions.  This project will not shut down any runways or taxiways but is a must for a safer airport. We are currently in the Design Phase of this project.  

I apologize for the long email and explanation, however I thought it was necessary to educate everyone on the projects, old and new.  I will continue to update you as I get more information.  Future emails won’t be as long since I won’t have to explain the project and will just share updates.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the projects and I will be   happy respond.

Thanks,

Mike Mathews

Airport Director

Mike.mathews@accgov.com

706-613-3420 ext. 23