TELLURIDE – Construction season comes to the Telluride Regional Airport May 15, when work begins on three projects that will bring an estimated $7.6 million in improvements.
By June 9, airport crews are expected to have completed work on the first of the three projects, an airport maintenance project that includes crack sealing, seal coating and pavement marking in all aircraft movement areas. Airport Manager Rich Nuttall anticipates completion of the pavement project will require the airport to close for several days and is scheduled to be closed Wednesday, May 30 through Saturday June 2.
Nuttall does not expect to have to close the airport for the two subsequent projects.
The second project includes the installation of a new municipal well and related piping to connect to the airport’s existing water storage tank that was constructed in 2010.
“We built a water storage tank as part of the runway project that was originally planned for water augmentation and fire protection,” Nuttall said. “Since then, we found it would be more efficient to buy water off-site for fire protection while we drill a second well. Both wells will feed the water tank and then we can store more potable water and fire protection water.”
A recirculation pump will be installed in the water tank during this portion of the project, as well.
A third project will focus on erosion control, working to remediate any potential landslides that may occur at the southeast corner of the airport property. With an eye to preventing any future slides in the area that could impact the airport and Hwy. 145, Nuttall said, airport officials decided on an option that they believe “the least intrusive” to neighbors and nearby roads.
“What we are going to do is level off the site barrier dirt that is there and use a special geo-grid and tiebacks to complete the project,” he said. “One of the options was to remove all the material there, but that would have been a massive amount of hauling. We looked at all the options.”
All three projects are being funded by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, Colorado Department of Aeronautics and the airport. The estimated total cost for all three projects is $7.6 million.
Nuttall said he would release more information about airport closures when it becomes available.
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