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Michael Hotaling

Matt Wenham

Plattsburgh International Airport Runway 17-35 Rehabilitation

Runway repaving C&S provided design and construction phase services for this phase of rehabilitation to Runway 17-35 which was approximately 8,100 feet in length and included an additional 500 feet of adjoining taxiway pavements. Constructed in 1956, Runway 17-35 required continual repairs to the outdated pavement causing frequent closures in challenging operational conditions over the years. Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) provides scheduled air service on a single runway, limiting the ability to maintain safe and efficient operations during repairs. The goal was to address existing pavement deficiencies and deliver a long-term solution to improved pavement. After developing several alternatives, and working hand in hand with key stakeholders, it was determined that a two-phase construction phasing program was the preferred option for this project.

After construction of the first phase, which was completed two weeks earlier than scheduled, the runway was able to be reopened to provide 7,000 feet of usable runway pavement and allowed schedule air carrier service to resume permanently. This required the coordination and installation of a temporary relocated threshold bar and visual approach lighting system.

The second and final construction phase, with a length of 3,700 feet, addressed improvements to remaining length of runway pavement. The contractor completed this work while aircraft continued to operate on the usable portion of runway pavement. 

Alternatives, challenges, and the preferred option selected for optimal success was reviewed with all stakeholders early on in the design process. The selected method provides a 15-20-year design life, a vast improvement from the Airport’s existing state. Additionally, on behalf of the Owner, the team coordinated with the FAA for required approvals. The project won a 2022 ACEC New York Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence.

Repaving the runway with a rainbow in the background FInal runway aerial photo

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