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Runway, taxiway project completed

The $5.6 million dollar runway/taxiway rehabilitation project at the Canadian Rockies International Airport has reached substantial completion and finished under budget.

The final project cost was $5,674,643, a savings of $844,841 from the original budgeted amount of just over $6.5 million. In August 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the $5.5 million funding at the Canadian Rockies International Airport, through the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), which invests in safety related improvements at airports across the country. “On behalf of Council, I want to thank the Federal Government, former Kootenay Columbia MP Jim Abbott and current MP David Wilks for working to help provide the airport with the ACAP funding for this important project,” says Mayor Scott Manjak. “This funding indicates that the Federal Government recognizes the importance of improving the safety and access to our airport for our residents and regional travelers alike.” The rehab project was a hot in place recycle (HIPR) of existing asphalt, with the addition of a 50mm overlay of new asphalt. Also included in the project was raising the edge lights, catch basins and runway shoulders to match the increased height of pavement. “A top quality finished product was achieved through collaboration and cooperation by all parties involved with a commitment to excellence,” says Tristen Chernove, Managing Director of the Canadian Rockies International Airport. “The project quality was achieved while remaining under budget and logging no accidents, security breaches or runway/taxiway incursions.” There were no delays to scheduled traffic associated with the overlay project and no safety concerns were reported.

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