Pittsfield Municipal Airport in Massachusetts, US, has officially opened its extended Runway 8-26, a project completed with an investment of $22m.
This involved extending the runway from 5,000ft to 5,790ft, clearing around 120 acres of trees, adding a taxiway turn-around area, improving runway safety areas, and installing obstruction lighting.
The project was led by New England-based aviation specialists Stantec, which dedicated over a decade to airport planning, environmental permitting requirements, financial feasibility assessments and public and regulatory agency coordination.
Stantec partnered with the city to relocate and restore an adjacent recreation area and 3,500ft of roads and utilities.
The company also worked to mitigate any potential environmental impacts by restoring a riverfront area, creating wetlands, removing invasive plant species, transplanting rare and endangered plants, and removing a dam from a nearby stream to restore it to natural free-flow conditions.
Stantec principal-in-charge David Dargie said: "It’s tremendously rewarding to see this project completed.
"This airport is vital to the economy of Pittsfield and the whole region, and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition after so many years of working to make sure it was successful for the city, its residents, and the airport’s users."
The project was a result of an airport master planning process that began in 1998 and completed in 2001 that identified deficiencies in the facility based on existing use and future aviation demand forecasts.