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Woolpert to upgrade Pago Pago runway

Woolpert has signed two contracts to rehabilitate runways at Pago Pago and Ofu airports in American Samoa.

The contracts for the American Samoa Government’s Department of Port Administration, to involve the evaluation and rehabilitation of the primary runway at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG), and rehabilitation, reconstruction and possible extension of the runway at Ofu Airport (Z08).

American Samoa, a territory of the United States, comprises a group of seven islands in the South Central Pacific Ocean and has a population of roughly 55,000. PPG is located on the island of Tutuila. The primary runway, 5-23, is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, and is partially built on a fringing reef. This runway provides international commercial service and supports the country’s air cargo traffic, which is essential to the remote island. The second runway supports inter-island traffic and is suitable for use by only small, regional aircraft.

On Runway 5-23 at PPG, Woolpert will study the pavement infrastructure, perform a condition evaluation and make recommendations on methods of improvements, materials and phasing of the project, while minimizing disruption to airport operations.

Z08 has one 2,000-foot runway that serves the sister islands of Ofu and Olodega, 70 miles east of Pago Pago. Access to these islands, which have a population of roughly 500, is limited to a weekly flight or a chartered eight-hour boat ride, dependent on the weather and seas.

Woolpert project manager Curtis Brown said the runway is aging and showing distress, requiring reconstruction and possible extension for safety and increased aeronautical services. “The Ofu runway extension project would extend the runway into the ocean and fringing reef,” Brown said. “The project has significant environmental considerations, since it would affect a protected coral reef, which is home to the endangered blue coral. We will work with numerous environmental groups, the American Samoa Government, and local entities to ensure the wildlife habitat and beauty of that site is protected.”

 

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This article was published on 14 Sep 2018 (last updated on 14 Sep 2018).

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