Blue Grass Airport to resurface main runway in August
UPDATE: LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Planes have been replaced by pavers on the runway of the Blue Grass Airport.The airport closed its main runway yesterday to begin a major resurfacing project. The runway will remain closed to all airplanes through Sunday. Hundreds of workers and almost every asphalt resource in the area has been brought in to help out on the $16 million project.
“The runway is our largest and most valuable piece of infrastructure here at the airport so it’s important that we keep it safe. Needless to say a 7000-foot runway can get you just about anywhere in the world so it’s very important that we maintain the integrity of that runway,” says Amy Caudill with Blue Grass Airport.
The airport says helicopters are still able to land and the airport terminal remains open during the project.
ORIGINAL: LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Blue Grass Airport will resurface its main runway (Runway 4-22) from 6 pm on Thursday, August 19, 2021 through 6 pm on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.
During this time, the airport will be closed to all fixed-wing commercial and general aviation aircraft. Helicopters will still be able to use the airport, and the terminal building will remain open.
Pavement rehabilitation is a vital process and is completed approximately every 12 to 15 years in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airport has enlisted nearly every asphalt resource in the Lexington area and several hundred construction crew members to complete the work associated with this $16.2 million project. To complete the resurfacing, it will require an estimated 21,000 tons of asphalt to pave the 7,000 feet x 150 feet runway.
“We appreciate the patience of our community as we focus on rehabilitating our most significant piece of infrastructure,” said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. “It is an enormous undertaking for the airport to complete a project of this complexity during such a short timeframe. With the cooperation of our many regional partners participating in this project, we hope to minimize the impact to the airlines, their passengers and the general aviation community.”
During the months before and after the 72-hour period, the airport is conducting preparatory work during the overnight hours when flights are not active.
This work includes activities such as surveying and removing in-pavement lighting leading up to the closure, and then grooving, installing in-pavement lighting and placing permanent markings in the months following the closure.
“We are grateful for the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration and our congressional partners who assisted in securing federal funding for this project,” added Frankl. “Airports have a tremendous economic impact for the regions they serve and this project will allow us to maintain the durability of our runway pavement for years to come.”
All air carriers have been notified of the closure and flights for that weekend will be removed from airline reservation systems. Customers will be contacted by their airline to be re-accommodated on alternate flights.
The last time the main runway was resurfaced was 15 years ago.
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport offers non-stop and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport served more than 1.4 million passengers in 2019 and supports our community with an economic output exceeding $370 million.