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News » US » Contractor appointed for Reno-Stead Airport runway rebuild » published 13 Feb 2018

Contractor appointed for Reno-Stead Airport runway rebuild

Reno-Stead Airport has awarded a contract for runway reconstruction after securing a US$21m federal grant.

Sparks-based Road & Highway Builders has been chosen for the contract by the board of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA). The company will employ 120 construction workers on the project.

Runway 8-26 is Reno-Stead’s main runway and is in need of improvements; it has been 25 years since the runway was last reconstructed.

Construction is set to begin on 8 March and the contractor’s schedule estimates that the pavement will be ready for operation by 3 July. This will be almost two months before the start of the 2018 Air Races.

The FAA funding is the largest single grant ever received by Reno-Stead and is more than the total grant funding received at the airport over the past 12 years combined. The federal requirement of a 6.25% local share match means the RTAA has committed to funding US$1.359m from its internal sources.

“Safety is always our number one priority,” said RTAA president and CEO Marily Mora. “The RTAA staff has extensive experience overseeing pavement projects at our airports almost every year. We know how to get these projects done on time while coordinating them with an operating airport.”

Reconstruction also enhances safety for the vital Bureau of Land Management firefighting air attack base at Reno-Stead. The base broke records for flights last year, supporting up to 90 flights a day fighting raging wildfires in Nevada and northern California. The airport is also a major drone testing site for high tech companies and NASA.

“This reconstruction is not about any one tenant or user of the Reno-Stead Airport,” Mora said. “It’s about keeping Stead the safest and most efficient airport it can be to serve our region and customers seven days a week, 365 days a year.”



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This article was published on 13 Feb 2018 (last updated on 13 Feb 2018).

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