Two dozen communities across the Oklahoma will benefit from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recent approval of its three-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2015 through 2017.
A total of nearly $60 million — $14 million in state funds — is expected to be spent on projects in the CIP over the next three years, the commission said in a release. This includes funding for the $9.1 million runway extension at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. Other noteworthy projects planned include a $3.4 million runway rehabilitation project at Tulsa-R.L. Jones-Riverside Airport and a $3.1 million project at Oklahoma City’s Wiley Post Airport to upgrade the airfield electrical system. A $2.8 million project to rehabilitate the main runway and portions of the parallel taxiway system at Wiley Post Airport is also planned.
Also as part of its three-year CIP, the aeronautics commission is expected to provide Halliburton Field in Duncan, Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport and Pauls Valley Municipal Airport with $700,000 each in state funds to repair, seal, remark and smooth their respective airport’s primary runway.
Elk City Regional Business Airport will see a major uptick in construction with four separate projects totaling $4 million, including rehabilitating the parallel taxiway system, repairing and remarking the runway, and installing a new approach lighting system. State aviation officials said the runway and taxiway pavements have deteriorated extensively over the years and are in need of repair. In addition, the new approach lights will improve access to the airport during poor weather conditions, which is important considering the airport’s location in far western Oklahoma, officials said.