NAD to spend $20 mil. on rehabilitation of runway, taxiway
The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is preparing to rehabilitate one of its runways and one of its taxiways to the tune of $20 million in about two weeks, a press release from NAD stated.
The company explained that it will begin an extensive overhaul of Runway 09/27, which will soon be Runway 10/28, and on taxiway India at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
Officials said in the release that the work is expected to take four to six months to complete. “For the duration of the project, LPIA will operate as a single runway facility,” the release stated. “NAD has put contingency plans in place to reduce the impact to overall operations. Once completed, the project will result in upgrades to asphalt, which will extend the life of the runways at LPIA. Further, runway end safety areas (RESAs) will be added to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft that overrun the runways. The project will also include the acquisition and installation of new LED approach lights on the runways to help pilots better identify the airport during low visibility operations.”
President and Chief Executive Officer of NAD Vernice Walkine said in the press release that the rehabilitation is scheduled maintenance that “must be done” in order for LPIA to meet all international safety standards.
“We understand the importance of the upgrades and are now in a position to invest the necessary capital to undertake the project at this time,” she said.
“There was no perfect time to do these necessary works, so we will have to manage the project with the goal of minimizing disruption to ongoing operations. We are working with key airport partners on contingency plans to manage the flow of air traffic and to ensure the usability of the airport’s sole runway during the rehabilitation process.”
The release stated the work will be undertaken during one of the airport’s peak travel periods, but that the work itself will peak during the country’s traditional slow season.
“NAD has implemented contingency measures for continuous aircraft movement at the airport while in single runway operations, such as the use of newly acquired equipment to remove disabled aircraft should the need arise, and scheduled maintenance (i.e. paving surfaces, lighting repairs) will be conducted during off peak hours (midnight to 5 a.m.),” the release noted.
“During this period, LPIA will advise neighboring airports that it cannot be utilized for any airline diversions unless it is an emergency. In the event of inclement weather while the airport is operating with a single runway, air traffic control will follow existing protocol, suspending services at LPIA until conditions improve. NAD will also continue to work closely with partners to capture and remove wildlife on the airside and the neighboring areas that might impede operations.”
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