Architecture and engineering firm Woolpert has received a contract from Dubois County Airport Authority to extend the runway at Huntingburg Regional Airport in Indiana, US.

The $12m project will be jointly funded by the federal, state and local governments.

Under the contract, Woolpert will deliver engineering, design support and construction management services.

The project includes refurbishing the 700ft runway and expanding it by 500ft. Parallel to the runway, the taxiway will also be extended by 500ft.

Woolpert project manager Curtis Brown said: “We will be lowering County Road 200 West and creating a tunnel at the end of the runway, relocating the public and private utilities along that road and doing around 270,000 cubic yards worth of dirt work to create embankments of up to 30ft.

“We also will conduct multiple safety improvements and upgrades, installing all-new LED runway lights and additional navigational aids. As part of the second phase, the runway also will be widened from 75 to 100ft.”

Construction will be carried out in phases to reduce airport disruption. Brown stated that, while there will be some closures for a short period, the majority of the work will be carried out when the runway is open.

He added: “The biggest challenge on this complex project is optimally coordinating construction with operations and tenants. Fortunately, we’re working with a dedicated team of engineers, designers and planners who have decades of airport experience, and have a supportive team at Huntingburg.”

In September last year, Woolpert secured contracts from the American Samoa Government and the Department of Port Administration to rehabilitate two runways on the Pacific island.