The John R. Jurgensen Co. of Cincinnati had the lowest and best bid of $955,652 to do the taxiway and apron resurfacing, which was lower than the $1.02 million bid submitted by Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Franklin. The contract was awarded by City Council at its May 2 meeting.
Officials said that the John Jurgensen Co. has previously worked with the city at the airport.
The ODOT grant will cover 95 percent of the project costs with city’s covering the remaining 5 percent. Officials said the city’s payment to Brandstetter Carroll for the engineering service more than covers its 5 percent share of the project costs.
Eisenbraun said construction could begin sometime in June after contracts are finalized.
The work would be done in seven steps, he said, each of which will include the closing of the runway or a portion of the taxiway for a short time. The plan was created with input from the airport users and staff so closures would be minimized in length and number.
The longest closure of a ramp/apron will be for seven days, he said.
“Access to the grass runway will be maintained throughout the entire project so many of our local users, including the skydivers, should be able to continue operations with minimal disruption,” Eisenbraun said.
He said the airport is currently reviewing funding opportunities for replace its Automated Weather Observation System, which has reached the end of its 20-year useful life. Eisenbraun said the airport was the first in southwest Ohio to receive this new technology in 1997 and rising maintenance costs have reached to the point to rehab that system. The city has bids of more than $100,000 in hand and would like to get that completed by the end of the year, he said.
Eisenbraun said the next major projects for the airport are the runway/taxiway lighting system and rehabilitation of the runway pavement which are both slated to be done between 2020 and 2022. He estimated the costs for the lighting system and runway pavement at $350,000 to $500,000 for each project.