Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. is responsible for design and construction phase services on this $4.8 million parallel taxiway project at Rogers Municipal Airport. Rogers Municipal Airport is home to a large fleet of corporate aircraft, which includes Bombardier's Global Express. The Airport also serves a significant amount of corporate aircraft traffic daily. Development on the east side of the Airport is currently constrained by US Highway 62 and an Arkansas Missouri Railroad line, and the Airport has developed all of the available space on the east side. As a result, the Airport is looking to the west side of the Airport to continue expansion of their facilities.
Design of the parallel taxiways project included preliminary design of both the east and west side taxiway, as well as a planned northward extension of the runway and parallel taxiways. Delta also prepared a preliminary master drainage plan for the entire airfield as a proactive approach to correcting and improving current airfield drainage problems and avoiding future problems. The dual taxiway system is being designed and constructed in multiple phases in order to assist the Owner in competing for FAA discretionary funding.
The design of the mid and south segments of the west side parallel taxiway project was completed in April 2005, and construction is scheduled to begin in June 2005. The project includes the construction of approximately 4,200 feet of Group III taxiway and connector taxiways. The taxiway profile was designed to provide clearance of FAR Part 77 surfaces. In addition, taxiway "stub outs" to a future west side apron were included in the geometric layout to allow the Airport to complete the construction of taxiway connectors to the future apron, without having to close the west side parallel taxiway to aircraft.
Grading and drainage for the west side taxiway has been designed with maintenance of turfed areas in mind. Turfed areas have been designed with slopes no steeper than 6 to 1 and typically at 12 to 1. End treatments for pipe culverts were designed to match the 6 to 1 and include grates to allow mowing equipment to negotiate over the ends of the drainage pipes, instead of around them, to help reduce maintenance time and cost.
The parallel taxiway pavement has been designed to accommodate heavy (100,000 pound, dual wheel gear) corporate aircraft. The taxiway design also includes full edge lighting and signage. Creative construction phasing, which includes long (three day) weekend closures of the airport, along with close user/tenant coordination were required for this project in order to keep disruptions of normal operations to a minimum.
Posted on Mon, March 17, 2008