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Renton Airport Runway Repaving Project Starts July 31

July 20, 2009

For more information contact:
Peter Hahn, Deputy Administrator, Transportation 425-430-7242
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Improvements to significantly enhance safety and functionality

Renton, WA—Renton Municipal Airport will be repaving all the asphalt sections of Runway 15/33 starting on July 31, 2009, to dramatically improve the safety and functionality of the runway surface. This $4.3 million project is the culmination of two years of planning and cooperation between the City of Renton, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other airport stakeholders.  A federal government grant is covering 95 percent of the project costs with the remainder being covered solely by airport generated revenue.

Some of the project highlights include:

  • Repaving and grooving the entire asphalt area of the runway (asphalt section is approximately 4,200’ long and 200’ wide).
  • Repairing damaged concrete panels and replacing concrete panel joint material at the south end of the runway
  • Installing edge drains to carry away rain water
  • Repainting the runway surface with its new designation of Runway 16/34.

The majority of the work will take place over nine days when the runway will be closed. Construction crews will work around the clock to ensure the runway is ready to reopen on time. When the runway reopens, there will be a temporary increase in departures of new production aircraft.  Grooving of the runway pavement will begin on August 10, and continue for at least the next two weeks in the evening hours up to 10 p.m.

The Renton Airport hosts approximately 100,000 take-offs and landings per year, making it the fifth busiest airport in the state. Currently, the Renton Airport is home to approximately 300 aircrafts, in addition to a large aircraft manufacturer. The airport is classified as a “reliever” airport as it helps reduce general aviation traffic at SeaTac International Airport and King County International Airport. The Renton Airport is open for flights 24 hours per day, seven days per week and plays a vital role in the aviation infrastructure of the Puget Sound region.