ADQ Crosswind Runway Reopens After Emergency Repairs

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Kodiak State Airport’s primary crosswind runway is open again, and another runway should reopen soon, after getting emergency repairs. Runway 18-36, which runs north-south, was closed over three weeks ago because the seams in the asphalt had deteriorated to the point where it was unsafe for planes to take off and land. The state had to bring in specialized equipment to do the repairs on the seams, and according to Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Feller in Anchorage, the process went smoothly and was done quickly.

(Airport 1 15 sec "18-36 is done and we … in fast order.")

He said that while the equipment, which had to be shipped to town on the state ferry, was here, the DOT decided to make the same seam-fixing repairs to another runway at the airport.

(Airport 2 14 sec "7-25, which we are … projects will take hold.")

Runway 18-36 was closed by the state after officials from Alaska Airlines came to town and deemed it unsafe for operating its jets on. The runway is used when the wind direction is such that the main runway can’t be use, especially since the west end terminates at the base of Pillar Mountain. Feller said his office received no word that the closure caused too many problems:

(Airport 3 24 sec "I believe the broad answer … has a great summer.")

This is the second year in a row that patching and emergency repairs have been needed at Kodiak State Airport. There is $36-million headed to Kodiak for complete repaving of all three of the runways next year. The federal pass-through money was included in the state legislature’s capital improvement budget and was signed by Governor Sean Parnell just last week.

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