The commission also plans to add $31,600 to another $600,000 from the federal government to fund its ongoing system plan, covering the costs of developing the three-year plan, collecting updated information from airports and communicating their needs to members of Congress, pavement management and other activities.
The commission's three-year plan also lists a number of smaller improvement projects, including $131,500 for a new airport beacon and tower at Fountainhead State Park in Eufaula.
The Ketchum-Craig County South Grant Lake Community Airport will extend and pave its turf runway with $200,000 from the commission, $265,000 in cash contributions, and in-kind contributions of base material, county equipment and labor, engineering, and the use of private construction equipment.
Amy Polonchek, interim executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, extended Gov. Brad Henry's thanks to the commission for initiating a $40,000 study for Stillwater Regional to determine the load-bearing capacity and structural health of the runway. The south 4,800 feet of the runway is constructed of 6 inches of Portland cement, which was covered with an asphalt overlay in 1994. The pavement is exhibiting random cracking, but thus far does not seem to have suffered a base failure.
The three-year plan also includes $400,000 for the commission's Automated Weather Observation System, which has weather equipment installed at OU in Norman, Blackwell Tonkawa Municipal Airport and Stigler Regional Airport. The AWOS system improves safety and increases airport utilization by providing pilots with accurate and reliable weather information, reads the report.
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