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Yes. The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Barge Design Solutions and Airport Staff have already been working with the contractor on developing various contingency plans. A major concern for all construction projects at this time are electrical components. The contingency plan if not all electrical components arrive on time is to 1) modify and use existing lights that were removed during the project or 2) go to day-only operations until the lights are installed.
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The project is scheduled to begin June 19th.
The runway closure is scheduled to last 30 days. Please note that this 30-day period does not include weather days. Each rain day can add one or more days to the runway closure time.What is considered a weather day is the call of the representative engineer.
The maximum penalties allowed by the FAA are in place if the contractor does not complete the work within the specified time.
Yes. All of the paved areas marked in yellow on the map above will receive a seal coat and taxiway center line where required. Aircraft parked on the ramp marked in yellow will need to be relocated while construction is occurring. Any aircraft left on the ramp will be relocated on the grass.
This depends on your need to fly while construction is occurring. Aircraft in T-hangars do not need to be moved. There will be very limited access to the T-hangars during this project.
Seal coats and paint will be applied to the ramp surface so even all auto traffic will need to stay off the pavement for some period. If you are needing to fly between June 19 and July 19, it is recommended to relocate your aircraft.
The majority of Taxiway A will be milled, repaved, sealed and remarked. At one taxiway intersection a non-standard slope, a hump, will be milled down so the taxiway meets standards. Taxiway A will not be used for departures or landings. There will be too many vehicles and construction going on all over the airport to allow this.
Runway 18-36 will receive crack repair, seal coat and paint. Runway 36 will be displaced 200 feet. This will require that the runway threshold lights, REILs and PAPIs to be relocated.
A Stopway or Blast Pad (shown in pink in the map above) is going to be installed at the departure end of Runway 36. New runway threshold lights will be installed. This Stopway or Blast Pad will be constructed with pavement that is designed to support the weight of the aircraft that utilize the airport should they need the additional pavement if they abort a takeoff. A paved overrun may just have pavement that covers the designated overrun area at the departure end of the runway.
The Airport is coordinating with the Commercial Operators (Murfreesboro Aviation, Mike Jones Aircraft Sales, TDK, MTSU, Executive Air and Vanderbilt LifeFlight) regarding this project and how the impact to their business can be minimized. Most have been coordinating with colleagues at other neighboring airports to secure ramp, hangar and office space.
Maintaining the airfield pavement is a necessity. Well maintained pavement saves aircraft maintenance costs. When the airport receives grant money, the FAA includes a long list of regulations/requirements called “Grant Assurances.” One of those “Grant Assurances” states that the Sponsor, the local governing body and owner of the airport, will monitor and maintain the paved surfaces along with all its other facilities and equipment to ensure safe and efficient use of the airport as it was designed. Pavement management is a focus of the Airport and Tennessee Division of Aeronautics.
No, your rent will not go up because of this project. The City of Murfreesboro has coordinated with the Tennessee Department of Transportation – Division of Aeronautics and is very thankful for the Aeronautics Division’s ability to secure 95% federal and state funding for the pavement maintenance portion of this project. Barge Design Solutions has engineered and created specifications for the appropriate methods to address the various needs of the airfield pavement. The age of the pavement at MBT is six months to 30 plus years. That is why there are different levels of pavement maintenance and rehabilitation specified for this project. Along with addressing pavement, approach issues for Runway 36 are also being addressed with this project as well. The Stopway is being funded locally.
Check the NOTAMs, emails and the Murfreesboro Airport’s postings on social media. Do not hesitate to call the Airport office at 615-848-3254 for the latest information or if you have a question.