Alberni airport runway expansion on schedule

The project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of October.

Construction at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport is continuing as planned, according to airport superintendent Mark Fortune.

The project, which was tendered out to Bowerman Excavating at a cost of $4.2 million, is still on schedule to be completed by the end of October.

“It’s going very well,” said Fortune.

“We have the tender out for the new runway lighting reviewed and going to the board.”

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District received a $729,215 grant from the B.C. Air Access Program in June.

The grant will pay for half of the two lighting systems that the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District will install at the airport, Fortune said at the time. The lighting systems will be the same ones as at the Long Beach Airport.

The ACRD’s board meeting took place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, after the News went to press. See online for the board’s decision.

Fortune said that paving for the new runway is scheduled to begin next month.

“We’re looking at starting grinding and paving mid-September.”

Currently, Bowerman is working on clearing to meet obstacle limitation standards (OLS).

“We’re talking to [neighbouring] leaseholders. We have to have two roads lowered.”

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