Runway Total Rebuild

Newport Municipal Airport, Newport, Oregon

The Newport Airport Runway 16-34 total rebuild project, completed on schedule and under budget, was a major undertaking. The rebuild allowed for the existing runway transverse cross-slope to be modified from a shed to a crown with the high point at runway centerline. The runway pavement width of 150 feet was narrowed to 100 feet and the High Intensity Runway Light (HIRL) system was replaced with a new HIRL system compatible with the narrowed runway.

With a new pavement section 18 inches thick, over 18,000 tons of asphalt and 25,000 cubic yards of aggregate were required in addition to the 25,000 lineal feet of installed drainage pipe.

The runway was rebuilt “from the ground up”, but it went even deeper than that. When the airport was initially developed, a deep ravine bisected the airport near midfield requiring the installation of two large concrete drainage pipes with over 75-feet of backfill. The detailed assessment of the entire stormwater collection and drainage system found that the airport’s entire storm water drainage system was in varying degrees of degradation and in need of rehabilitation or replacement. Evaluations indicated that there are no major failures in the two large pipes, but selected repair was required. Additionally, replacement of the entire Runway 16-34 stormwater management system was completed during this project, including a series of ditches, catch basins, manholes, and piping.

The project required the relocation or replacement of FAA owned and maintained NAVAIDs necessitating extensive coordination with the contractor, owner, and FAA.