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Airport contract awarded

W.Va. firm bids $2.44 million for runway extension

W.Va. firm bids $2.44 million for runway extension

March 22, 2006|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN

A South Charleston, W.Va., contractor received a $2.44 million contract Tuesday from the Washington County Commissioners to complete the second package of Hagerstown Regional Airport's runway extension project.

The package includes constructing a hold apron, relocating a taxiway and lighting work.

The County Commissioners awarded the contract to Ahern & Associates Inc. by a 3-2 vote. The company submitted the lowest bid of three contractors interested in doing the work.

Airport officials anticipate construction to begin in April and be completed in 120 calendar days.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Doris J. Nipps supported the contract award.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell and Commissioner John C. Munson voted against the contract.

Wivell and Munson have a history of casting votes against the approximately $61 million runway extension, including against the overall project in 2003, citing millions in interest the county will pay to finance part of the extension.

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The runway will extend over U.S. 11 when completed. The total project is scheduled for completion in December 2007.

Snook, Kercheval and Nipps previously awarded the project's first and third packages.

The fourth and final package is expected to be awarded this summer, airport officials said.

In March 2004, the commissioners awarded Package 1, which includes hauling about 1.5 million cubic yards of soil from Forty West Landfill to the airport, to C. William Hetzer of Hagerstown for $17.4 million. That portion of the project is scheduled for completion on May 30.

The commissioners awarded a $17.4 million contract for Package 3 in August 2005 to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. of New Enterprise, Pa. That package includes the relocation of U.S. 11 to accommodate the runway extension and the construction of two bridges and taxiway safety areas.

Package 4 includes paving and taxiway extensions.

The extension will lengthen the runway from 5,461 feet to 7,000 feet and add 1,000-foot safety areas at each end of the runway. The extension is expected to be completed in December 2007.

The Federal Aviation Administration has said it would contribute $47 million for the project's construction, the state has agreed to pay $10.6 million and the county's share is $2.6 million, not including interest.

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