Century West assisted the Port of Hood River in completing a project that shifted Runway 7/25 approximately 550’ to the east. The objective of the project was to shift the runway such that the runway protection zone (RPZ) was located entirely on airport property which required the vacation and abandoning of a County road and relocation of utilities around the shifted end of the runway. The project also included reconstruction and relocation of the north parallel taxiway, a runway overlay, drainage improvements, utility relocations, a new MIRL system, and new REILs. The project was funded through FAA’s AIP program.
Complexities in this project included extensive coordination with local utilities including, natural gas, low pressure irrigation mains, a water main, phone lines, and electrical service. Coordination of the relocation of these items began nearly a year ahead of construction. In addition, Century West assisted the Port of Hood River through the vacation process for the abandonment of a section of County road. This included working with Hood River County to establish improvements to surrounding County roads to enhance traffic in the vicinity. Additional complexities included the formulation of phasing plans that allowed for late season construction work and a winter construction shutdown period due to the late arrival of FAA funding. Century West worked closely with the Port, FAA, and key stakeholders to produce a construction sequencing that met the needs of airport operations while maintaining a safe and successful construction effort.