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Posted on 08/12/2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) celebrates Runway 5/23 halfway pointTwo millions yards of earth have been moved, two more million to go!
Green, OH: Airplanes flying farther. That's the capability the Akron-Canton Airport is looking forward to as we celebrate the halfway point of the extension of Runway 5/23 CAK's main runway - allowing aircraft to fly nonstop to the west coast and international destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean.
Community leaders, elected officials, business partners and engineers broke ground on the second half of the construction project. Two million yards of earth have already been moved as part of the extension marking the halfway point. The earthwork is necessary to build up the aircraft landing surface allowing for the extension from 7,600 to 8,200 feet.
"This is an exciting milestone," said Rick McQueen, assistant airport director. "Today we are celebrating significant progress towards the completion of CAK 2018, our 10-year, $110 million capital improvement plan. The 5/23 runway project is the cornerstone of CAK 2018 and we are committed to it, to the core. It is important not only to our airport authority but to our airline partners, and our community as well."
"It's a pleasure to celebrate the halfway point in the 5/23 extension project with the airport and community leaders," said Congressman Ralph Regula (R-Navarre, OH). "It has been a pleasure to watch this place grow and thrive for the more than 30 years, and I know that because of projects like this, our airport will be serving this community well for decades to come."
"A growing, thriving airport is crucial to the economic vitality of our region," said Congressman Tim Ryan, (D-Niles, OH). "The Akron-Canton Airport and its commercial air carriers make Northeastern Ohio a better place to live, play and do business. It is a pleasure to join the airport board of trustees and administration to celebrate this milestone and to plan for the work ahead."
The airport has invested $34 million to date on projects related to the 5/23 extension. An additional $27 million is planned to complete the job by 2010. Significantly, by moving fill from our own property, the project cost was significantly reduced, saving taxpayers $23 million. Additionally, the work currently being done to move earth to build the runway is one of the largest earthmoving projects in the state of Ohio.
Just how much earth are we talking about? Well, if you were to fill the average truck with nine cubic yards of dirt four million cubic yards loaded in these trucks would be lined up bumper to bumper from Cincinnati to Cleveland to Toledo and back to Cincinnati four times. The trucks would equal a total of 2,188 miles!
Work to be done in the next half of the 5/23 extension project includes paving the newly built runway surface and adjoining taxiways, relocating and installing instrument landing system (ILS) and upgrading the safety area at the north end of the runway.
Timeline of Runway 5/23 construction and extensions
1948 Akron-Canton Airport's runway was dedicated at 5,600 ft.
1986- The runway is extended by 2,000 ft. to 7,600 ft.
September 2003- The airport commissions a runway safety area study to determine what compliance upgrades are needed on Runway 5/23.
May 2004 Airport administrators begin an environmental assessment for Runway 5/23. Among the issues studied are historic and archeological resources, noise contours, project costs and construction impacts. The FAA issued a "no significant findings" statement and along with the runway safety area upgrade, the report recommended that the runway be extended by 1,200 feet and the runway safety area be extended to1, 000 feet.
January 2005 Airport Authority goes out to bid for architect/ engineering firm to begin extension work.
February 2005 Baker and Associates with Floyd Browne Group as subcontractor, is selected as lead architect for the runway extension.
August 2005 Construction begins; including relocation of utilities, ground preparation and clearing.
August 2008- The runway extension reaches its halfway point. Still to come, additional earth moving work (2,000,000 yards to be exact), relocation and installation of our instrument landing system (ILS) and displacing north end of the runway by 600 feet.
About Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)Akron-Canton Airport kicked off CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110-million Capital Improvement in March of this year. The plan is the most ambitious in the airport's 62-year history. Projects include a customs and border patrol facility, an extended upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green, an industrial park that could bring more than 1,000 high paying jobs to northeast Ohio. Photos of the 5/23 Runway extension project are available at www.flickr.com/akroncantonairport; and Facebook members are warmly invited to join the Akron-Canton Airport group at www.Facebook.com by searching for Akron-Canton Airport. Additional information including flight reservations, driving instructions, and relaxation station is available at www.akroncantonairport.com, CAK's comprehensive web portal. Akron-Canton Airport a better way to go®.