Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) in the US has awarded an $11.35m contract to APAC Central and a $559,000 contract to Atkins North America for work on the west runway at Tulsa International Airport.

The contracts are part of an overall project worth $13.2m to renovate the pavement and comply the runway safety areas (RSA) with current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards.

Last month, the FAA approved grants of $12.2m to support the project, which has been part of Tulsa Airport’s Capital Improvement Plan since 2005.

TAIT CEO Alexis Higgins said: “Our team is excited to get this project moving in order to provide a higher quality runway surface for our users on the west side of our airfield.

“This is the first major rehab project on this runway in more than 25 years and to be able to upgrade all aspects of the runway and NAVAIDS will no doubt increase the utilisation for our customers.”

The project involves complete rehabilitation of Runway 18R/36L, including removal of the top layer of asphalt for replacement with new material.

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This runway rehabilitation is important for safe operations at Tulsa Airport due to the weathering and cracking of the pavement over time.

The improvements of the RSA were initiated when the FAA reviewed the major aircraft type that uses the runway.

As per the design criteria, the RSA at both ends should be 1,000ft. To meet the requirements, the contractor will add a displaced threshold to the runway’s north end.

This object-free area will protect aircraft in cases of accidental overruns. In addition, new runway lighting and signage will be fitted.

Construction is expected to begin in May next year and be completed that October.

As the final part of the RSA improvements, the airport has planned to install an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) to the south end of the runway in 2023.