$2.48 million runway project for airport approved

The Humboldt City Council has approved an Ida Grove contractor to rehab and overlay the runway at the Humboldt Municipal Airport. Construction could begin later this year. The runway at the airport could be closed for up to 80 days during construction. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Humboldt City Council on Monday approved a contractor for a major runway rehabilitation project at the Humboldt Municipal Airport.
The Council unanimously approved a resolution accepting a bid and awarding a contract in the amount of $2,487,095 to Godbersen-Smith of Ida Grove to conduct rehabilitation of the airport runway. The resolution is contingent on receipt and execution of a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Other bids received were $2,466,392 from Wicks Construction of Decorah and $2,525,690 from Croell Inc. of New Hampton.
The engineer’s estimate of probable cost was $2,395,605, $52,430 below the final bid.
“This project covers taking the existing asphalt runway and milling it in place and adding a binder that will serve as a base for a six-inch concrete overlay. This is a pavement that should last the airport for a very long time,” Project Manager Joshua Dank with Clapsaddle-Garbert said.
“New lighting will be part of the total project, along with the new runway, painting and identifiers. It’s a very major project to bring up to standard some of the laundry list of things that need done," Dank said.
The city is expecting a 90 percent grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to foot the majority of the cost.

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