Lee County Airport, Jonesville, VA
Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. began working on this new airport project during the Airport Master Plan process and continued through with the construction.
During the Master Plan effort, several alternative configurations were considered to optimize the geotechnical balance of quantities. This was especially important because the chosen site was very rugged with outcrops of limestone rock. In addition to meeting the wind and topographic requirements, the chosen runway alignment avoided the need to relocate any families.
More challenging for this new site was the Environmental Assessment. The key issue which had to be addressed was the "Lee County Isopod" - a local endangered species. After extensive coordination with the Department of the Interior, we were able to document proper mitigation to reasonably protect this species. The FONSI from FAA was received in January of 1998.
Delta subsequently provided land acquisition assistance and full design phase services. The design elements included over 1.3 million cubic yards of rock embankment and specifically include:
- A new 5000' x 75' runway,
- Turnaround taxiways,
- An aircraft apron, and
- An access road.
Delta also provided full construction phase services for the project which opened to air traffic in December, 2002. This project was recognized with an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.