City of Powell River airport runway extension project proceeds

September 27 Update: Four weeks of construction remains on the $1.5 million Powell River Airport runway extension.

Powell River, BC (September 20, 2019)– The trucking route for transporting materials and the construction timeline have been finalized, and work continues on the Powell River Airport runway extension.

Currently, construction of the 60-metre extension is proceeding at night under permit from Transport Canada. Workers are stripping the organic soils and the first layers of sand are being laid to immediately minimize any erosion.

The overnight work schedule from 7:30 pm to 6:20 am will continue through the weekend of Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, Sunday 22 and then six days for four weeks from 7:30 pm to 6:20 am. During this time, there will be six trucks running on a 30-minute rotation along a route from the T&R Contracting sand pit at Block Bay to Cranberry Street, turning onto Manson Avenue to Duncan Street and arriving at the airport construction site. Residents along Cranberry Street, Manson Avenue and in the vicinity of Duncan Street and Manson Avenue can expect construction noise.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to all affected residents, not just around the airport but also along the haul route,” said Manager of Engineering Services, Nagi Rizk.

Mayor Dave Formosa is asking residents to be understanding while the important infrastructure project proceeds.

“We know there’s going to be some noise from these trucks, and we apologize to our citizens, especially people living along the haul route and near the airport,” said Formosa. “I think people will be patient over the next few weeks and put up with the inconvenience because this is about safety at our airport.”

When completed, the runway will meet Transport Canada requirements for a flat 60-meter strip of ground that extends from the end of the runway pavement to act as a safety area.

“This construction schedule will not affect any of the regular day-to-day functions of the airport, but the runway will be closed at night” said Powell River Airport Coordinator, Denis Dilworth.

The City is investing $1.5 million in this major capital project at the airport to comply with Transport Canada safety regulations. The contract was put out to public tender and awarded to a Vancouver company. A grant awarded to the City by the BC Air Access Program will cover 75 per cent of the project cost.

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