New Technique, Harder Rock Used in Runway Rebuilding


Jay Barrett/KMXT

Work will be wrapping up soon on the north-south crosswind runway at Kodiak State Airport, but even more extensive work is scheduled for next construction season.

Steve Jochens, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project manager for the Kodiak airport project, says work is going wel.

Since the project was just partially funded when reconstruction began, work was scheduled to fit the money available. And since the north-south runway was in the worst shape, it was a priority for the DOT.

Jochens said the runways are being reconstructed from the basecourse to the surface using new techniques and a harder rock for the top layer for strength.He said the extra hard pavement is more stable and better able to hold up to heavy and repetitive use.

This project has nothing to do with the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposal to extend the safety areas at the ends of the runways. That plan is still in the environmental impact statement phase.

Alaska’s Congressional delegation announced this week the awarding of over $13.5-million for work on the main runway. Jochens says the entire project will cost about $26-million.

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