TELLURIDE – The Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) slide remediation project begun last August will be completed by the end of July, according to Airport Manager Richard Nuttall.
Funding was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, Colorado Division of Aeronautics and TEX for the geotechnical project, which will stabilize the southeast corner of the airport’s runway safety area.
“We have been monitoring this slope for many years,” Nuttall said. “During the runway reconstruction project in 2009, we moved the service road further north of this area,” eliminating some runoff, “which helped to partially alleviate some of the problems.
“With this slope stabilization project,” he said, “the fix is complete.”
The primary stabilization design consists of the eight-by-eight foot concrete anchor plates, now visible from Highway 145 at Lawson Hill. Anchor plate are tied to the embankment by a strand anchor tie-back system, and covered by native soil. Turf reinforcement mats will be placed over the entire site and seeded and a Tecco mesh will be applied, possibly by helicopter, over the entire site to stabilize the soil.
Williams Construction Company of Norwood is the general contractor; DBM Enterprises, of Seattle, Wash., is the sub-contractor. Kimley-Horn & Associates and Terracon provided the engineering expertise for this complex engineering project.
TEX expects to complete runway electrical and drainage projects in late August or September, and runway “distance remaining” signs and threshold lights will be relocated, per FAA requirements. Runway electrical work will be completed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for approximately 10 days, so the airport stays open for normal operating hours for the festival season. Drainage repairs, include cleaning existing drain pipes, installing riprap (using waste rock from the airport quarry) and installing a new drainage pipe, will be conducted during normal airport operating hours.