Phase III of the Airfield Drainage Improvement Project
This project, which has been awarded and is scheduled for construction during the 2006 season, will replace two deicing/storm drain structures and will replace or repair several sections of the existing underground pipes. The Airport storm sewer infrastructure serves to collect and dispose of water on the Airport.
Rehabilitation of General Aviation Apron and Taxiways "Y" and "N"
This project is currently in the design phase and is scheduled for construction during the 2006 season. This project will include widening sections of both Taxiways Yankee and November room 50 feet to 75 feet, which will allow them to be used by any size aircraft and resurfacing the general aviation apron and continuing the relocated service road on to meet the new perimeter road near Taxiway Uniform.
Runway 10-28 Overlay
This project is currently under designed and scheduled for construction during the 2006 construction season. The surface of the western 7,500 feet of Runway 10-28 is now just over 20 years old, the design life of most pavements at Hancock. This project will provide for resurfacing of the runway itself and the surfacing of Taxiway Golf south of the runway. In addition, totally new lighting systems will be installed on and in the runway. This will include high intensity edge lights, center line lights and touch down zone lights for the full 9003 feet of the runway. New electrical cables will be installed from the airfield lighting vault to the runway, and new constant current regulators for each system will also be included. The Airport's surface sensor system will be upgraded to the most current production model as well.
The Airport will conduct an obstruction study for all four runway approaches. This study will indicate if there are any obstructions penetrating the approach surfaces of the runways or the transitional surfaces parallel to the runways. From the results, the Airport will be able to plan for clearing and obstruction removal if it is needed to protect the safety of the airfield.
Main Apron Rehabilitation
This project, completed in 2005, addressed the entire apron surface, and included the placement of Portland cement concrete for an area two hundred feet around both concourses at Hancock. This allows aircraft being served to have a non-yielding surface for aircraft wheels, jetbridges and all ground service equipment to operate on. The completion of this project, addressed the historic problem of ruts developing under repeated stresses of jetbridge movement or repetitious parking locations of aircraft by eliminating the problems, thereby reducing the potential for hazards, and continuing the Airport's focus on safety as a priority.
Perimeter Road and Security Fence
This project, completed in 2005, finished a seven and one-half mile long road around the Airport, and built an eight-foot high fence in any area where the existing fence was not adjacent to the paved road. Patrols may now travel around the Airport keeping the security fence in sight at all times to further enhance the safety and security of the Airport. The completion of this project also eliminated the need for the FAA to travel on runways and taxiways to access their navigational aids, reducing the change of vehicle deviations or incursions.
Overlay of Taxiways "B" and "M"
This project, completed in 2005, restored the surfaces of Taxiways Bravo and Mike to new condition, and brought the design to current FAA standards. New asphalt surface was installed, the radius of the turn from Taxiway Bravo onto Taxiway Mike north was widened to ease the travel of aircraft, and runway guard lights were installed at the approach end of Runway 15 and on Taxiway Bravo at the intersection of Runway 15, adding a further edge of safety under low visibility conditions. The turf areas were reconfigured to meet the current design standards and drainage structures were moved further away from the paved surfaces. The overall result of this project is a smoother, newer, safer taxiway, with all of the lighting and marking done in accordance with the applicable criteria.
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