WSP USA has received a construction management contract for a major airfield safety enhancement (ASE) programme at Tucson International Airport.

The contract was awarded by the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA).

The programme will be executed in collaboration with commercial airlines, the Arizona Air National Guard, general aviation pilots, and other airport tenants.

Expected to cost around $218m, the ASE programme is being supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.

It is said to be the largest ever ASE project undertaken in the 71-year history of the TAA.

The ASE programme includes the demolition of a narrow and short general aviation runway. It will be replaced by a full-length parallel 11R/29L runway, providing redundancy for aircraft.

The project also includes the construction of new bypass taxiways and connector taxiways, the installation of aircraft guidance systems, and the upgrading of the airfield geometry to the latest FAA safety standards.

WSP USA transportation and infrastructure president Joseph Pulicare said: “The programme will eliminate locations on the airport movement area with a history of potential risk of collision, known as hot spots, to mitigate potential runway incursions.”

As per the contract, WSP will oversee the entire programme coordination, project controls, and FAA flight procedure.

It will also be responsible for navigational aid coordination and general construction administration of the four construction packages.

Construction work on the multi-phase project is likely to commence by the middle of the next year, with completion of all programme elements anticipated by 2025.