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Airport project moves forward

Published 2:21am Friday, January 18, 2013

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, approved several matters related to Warren Field Airport.
The council authorized the city’s airport engineers, Talbert & Bright, to provide design and bidding services for the building of a new terminal building at the airport. That building was destroyed by a gustnado July 1, 2012, when a severe storm system rolled through the area.
At its Oct. 8, 2012, meeting, the council decided to build a new terminal building at the city-owned airport.
On Monday, the council approved a grant project ordinance that allocates funding for the terminal project, estimated to cost $1.125 million. In addition to the $500,000 in state aid to airports from the N.C. Department of Transportation’s aviation division, other funding sources for the project include two $150,000 grants and $325,000 in city contributions.
The council awarded a $34,000 contract to Mosley Construction to repair hangars damaged by the storm. Paul Woolard Construction submitted a bid of $52,030.
Insurance benefits will cover the repair cost, according to Allen Lewis, the city’s public-works director.
The council authorized the mayor to sign an agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation’s aviation section concerning safety improvements and maintenance matters at the airport.
In the closing months of 2012, the council approved other airport projects.
A $320,058.90 contract for drainage work was awarded to Tri-State Utilities. The city may opt to spend $101,830 to rehabilitate five additional pipes and associated improvements.
The city has $349,475 in grant funds and a 10-percent “match” that can be used for construction, construction administration and resident project representative series, according to Talbert & Bright.
The work includes repairs to storm drains under the primary runway (5-23) and taxiways B and C. A short section of storm-drain pipe near the airport’s tie-down area also will be repaired. Grates on some catch basins will be replaced.
The drainage work is among other project under way or planned for the airport, which is owned by the city.
The council also awarded a $352,700 contract to Triangle Grading and Pavement for pavement rehabilitation to two runways and taxiways at the airport. Repairs will be made to primary runway 5-23, secondary runway 17-35 and taxiways B and C.

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