Under the agreement, Woolpert will manage the $12 million runway extension project by providing engineering, design support and construction management services. The project is being funded by federal, state and local grants.
The extension of the airport’s lone runway has been planned for more than a decade. It will address the current and growing needs of the general aviation facility. The project entails reconstructing approximately 700 feet of Huntingburg’s runway and extending it an additional 500 feet. Its parallel taxiway will also be extended by 500 feet.
“We will be lowering County Road 200 West and creating a tunnel at the end of the runway, relocating the public and private utilities along that road and doing around 270,000 cubic yards worth of dirt work to create embankments of up to 30 feet,” Woolpert project manager Curtis Brown said in a statement.
“We also will conduct multiple safety improvements and upgrades, installing all new LED runway lights and additional navigational aids. As part of the second phase, the runway also will be widened from 75 to 100 feet,” Brown added.
Construction is set to begin this month. It will be phased over the next two years to minimize disruption to the airport and its users.