NOTICE – 9/20/2017
CHO Airport is currently in the final phase of the Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project. Residents living near CHO Airport may notice a change in the level of noise as this project continues.
This week, contractors will be grinding the surface of the runway to ensure the correct smoothness.
In addition to grinding, construction crews will groove the runway starting Thursday night/Friday morning. This will consist of specialized construction equipment cutting into the asphalt.
The grooving process is scheduled during the night time hours when the surface temperature of the asphalt is cooler. Residents should also expect to hear multiple pieces of equipment working on the runway in addition to the grinders. The estimated completion date of the runway grooving is October 31, 2017.
We apologize for any inconvenience created as we maintain the integrity of the runway.
On June 13, 2017, CHO Airport began the second phase of the Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project. The project not only involves the overlay of the asphalt pavement of the runway and taxiways, but it also provides for the grooving of the new asphalt and replacement of all required markings. The last project to overlay the airfield pavement was performed in the mid-1990’s and that pavement is at the end of its design life. The Federal Aviation Administration and Virginia Department of Aviation’s commitment to fund this $14 million project is a strong indicator of the significance of this project and the importance of maintaining CHO’s runway and taxiways for current and future aviation usage. Most of the runway work will be undertaken during the night in order to minimize the impact to our airline passengers. For the period of June 13, 2017 to July 27, 2017 the runway will be closed from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST to allow the contractors optimal time to complete each stage of the project. Over the last Year, CHO Airport has communicated the timing and details of this project with representatives from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines to ensure that all possible measures could be taken to minimize the impact of the runway closure on the airlines and their passengers. A small number of evening flights were rescheduled to avoid conflict with the runway closure; however, any delays (weather, mechanical, etc…) causing estimated aircraft arrivals later than 11 p.m. will be impacted. In this instance, airlines will manage their services accordingly.
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CHO RW 3-21 Construction
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14 May 2017 – 05 Jun 2017 (Phase 1)
- Nightly RW closures (0100‐0500) Periodic daytime TW closures
05 Jun 2017 – 14 Jun 2017 (Phase 2)
- 24 hrs/day
- Runway 3 Threshold displaced 1400’ Runway length reduced: see table
- Runway 3 Safety Area reduced from 1000’ to 600’ Periodic TW A south & TW B closures
- CHO ILS & LOC RW3: OTS RNAV (GPS) RW 3: OTS
14 Jun 2017 – 28 Jul 2017 (Phase 3)
- Nightly RW closures (2300‐0500) RW 3 ILS: OTS approx. 10 nights
28 Jul 2017 – 25 Sep 2017 (Phase 4)
- Various daytime TW closures Occasional back taxi on runway
25 Sep 2017 – 23 Oct 2017 (Phase 5)
- Nightly RW closures (0100‐0500) Permanent removal of TWs D & F
Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project: FACT SHEET
What does the project involve?
The Runway/Taxiway Rehabilitation Project involves an asphalt overlay to the paved surfaces of the entire runway and a majority of most of CHO’s taxiway system.
Why is the work necessary?
CHO recently celebrated its 60th anniversary of serving this community. The last project to overlay the airfield pavement was performed in the mid-1990’s and that pavement is at the end of its design life. The runway and taxiways need to be maintained to insure its functional performance into the future.
When will the project start?
The first phase of the project, beginning in May 2017, will focus on taxiway work and minor aspects of the runway work. The second phase will begin June 13, 2017, and will focus on the re-pavement of the
airport’s sole runway.
When will the project be finished?
The project not only involves the overlay of the asphalt pavement of the runway and taxiways, but it also provides for the grooving of the new asphalt and replacement of all required markings. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall of 2017.
Why is the work being done at this time?
The late spring and summer timeframe was specifically selected because that time period is not CHO’s peak passenger usage period. That time period has also historically provided for optimal weather condition for pavement work, and it provides for extensive foliage and vegetation growth surrounding CHO that will serve to eliminate or reduce any noise issues associated with the night work.
Is there a limit on the number of carry-on bags?
One carry-on plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase is allowed. The carry-on must meet the size requirements of the airlines.
Is there a minimum legal altitude an airplane must maintain?
Federal Aviation Regulations specify a minimum altitude of 1000 feet over congested areas and 500 feet over non-congested areas. The exceptions to this rule are helicopters and aircraft that are in the process of taking off or landing.
What does the project mean to the local residents?
There will be additional heavy vehicle traffic on the roadways surrounding CHO during construction and some of this traffic will during nighttime hours. However, local residents should not be impacted.
Will there be more traffic accessing CHO?
All project traffic will use non-public access points as much as possible.
Will the project impact passengers?
Most of the runway work will be undertaken during the night in order to minimize the impact to our airline passengers. A small number of flights will be retimed by the airlines to avoid conflict with the runway closure. However, any delays causing estimated aircraft arrivals later than 11 p.m. will be impacted. For the period of June 13, 2017 to July 27, 2017 the Runway will be closed.
What is the cost and financial impact of the project?
The design of the project cost approximately $1.1 million and the construction phase of the project will cost approximately $13.2 million. The FAA is funding $12.9 million and the Virginia Department of Aviation is assisting CHO by funding the remaining $1.4 million of this $14.3 design and construction project.
Who is performing the work?
The work will be performed by Chemung Contracting Corporation with the design and construction administration by Delta Airport Consultants and project inspection services by Talbert and Bright.
Who do I contact for more information about the project?
Melinda Crawford, Executive Director, Telephone 434.973.8342 x 104 or email email@example.com