The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has selected infrastructure company Granite to rebuild an outboard taxiway at the Tucson International Airport (TUS) in Tucson, Arizona, US.

The $20m construction contract for Taxiway C was awarded as part of TAA’s $400m Airfield Safety Enhancement (ASE) Programme.

It is the second work package awarded under the $130m multi-year construction manager at risk (CMAR) project.

TAA president and CEO Danette Bewley said: “Every time we award a construction contract in support of the Airfield Safety Enhancement Programme, we are one step closer to achieving our goal of a modernised airfield.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Granite Construction on this next phase of the programme.”

The CMAR project will involve a current runway being demolished and a relocated commercial runway being built.

The project scope also involves the construction of a centre taxiway, as well as an outboard taxiway built parallel to the existing main runway at the airport.

Taxiway C will offer incremental airfield upgrades to enable the removal, relocation and reconstruction of the existing general aviation runway as a commercial runway.

The project works are expected to begin next month, with completion anticipated by September next year.

Granite senior project manager Zach Thompson said: “‘The construction team will continue to build upon its strong relationships established over the past decade with TAA and its stakeholders as it transitions from completing its current Design Bid Build 1 (DBB1) Project under TAA’s Airfield Safety Enhancement Programme, back to work under the existing CMAR contract.

“The preconstruction team continues to look for innovative, cost-saving options to right-size work packages in pursuit of the ultimate programme build out over the next 4-5 years given the headwinds of market volatility and funding availability.”

In August last year, Granite received the DBB1 contract from TAA for the Airfield Safety Enhancement programme at TUS.