The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor will be closed for 10 nights starting July 18 for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews will groove the runway for improved traction and apply the final markings to the runway and connector taxiways.
The runway will be closed from 11 p.m. July 18 to 6 a.m. July 19. It will be closed 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the remaining evenings, with the work ending at 6 a.m. July 28.
The runway reopened June 16 following a 45-day rehabilitation. Crews reduced the width of the runway, added new signage, and repaved the runway, among other improvements. The grooving can begin now that the asphalt has been given time to cure.
Project highlightsThe runway’s width was reduced from 150 feet to the Federal Aviation Administration’s standard of 100 feet for airports of this type. The runway length remains at 5,002 feet.
Cracks were sealed and repaired, and four inches of asphalt overlay created a new surface. The runway is now crowned at the center for improved drainage. Additional project highlights include a new drainage system along the runway and connector taxiways, new runway markings and signage, and improved lighting. The taxiways were reduced to 50 feet, down from a varied width of 75 to 120 feet.
The runway has not been repaved since it was built more than 50 years ago.
The rehabilitation will cost approximately $5.7 million, including $5.2 million in FAA grants, a $326,000 Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) grant, $135,236 in Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation grants, and $95,160 in county airport funds. The project was eligible for the DOE grant due to the drainage improvements that were made to enhance water quality.
WHPacific designed the project, and Tucci and Sons, Inc. is the general contractor.
Additional information is available at www.piercecountywa.org/tacomanarrows.
MEDIA CONTACTS:Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator
Warren Hendrickson, Public Works and Utilities aviation and ferry planner