A: The Runway 03-21 & Associated Taxiways Rehabilitation Project is a safety related project. This asset is at the end of its useful life having stretched the cycle through an aggressive maintenance program.
The runway was last reconstructed (full depth asphalt removal, granular base grading and compaction and repaving with 4 inches of asphalt) in 1987. The typical service life of a new pavement is 20 years. In 1999, the runway was rehabilitated by milling and paving (2 inches off/on). This would effectively extend the service life to between 8 to 12 years. The runway pavement has been monitored on a frequent basis and localized repairs have been completed as required until rehabilitation can be completed in 2018. The CAA has successfully extended the life cycle of its most valuable asset by an additional 7 years. However, the CAA is now at a point where this safety project must be completed.
A: The project is proposed to commence construction by late April 2018 and will be completed by November 2018.
The project will include the installation of sediment and erosion control structures, excavation/earthworks, pavement reclamation, removal and replacement of existing subsurface drainage and storm sewer systems, placement and compaction of granular materials, hot mix asphalt paving, pavement line marking and restoration.
A: Yes, the Airport will be operational during construction. The main Runway 03-21 will be closed during its rehabilitation. All aircraft will be diverted to the newly lengthened 7,000-foot Runway 10-28 while Runway 03- 21 is reconstructed. The lack of taxiways connecting with Runway 10-28 requires that the section of Runway 03-21 from Charlie or Bravo to the intersection must remain open for taxiing only and reconstructed in halves. Stakeholder consultations with all airlines, Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, and prospective contractors have been undertaken to ensure the requirements for this sensitive work zone and the overall construction sequencing is understood.
Travel in and out of the Charlottetown Airport could be impacted periodically due to unpredictable weather. High winds, low ceilings (fog), or reduced visibility could cause delays or cancellations. In the event of such weather, it is recommended to check your flight status with your airline prior to coming to the airport.
The total project cost is $18 million. Through the National Trade Corridors Fund the federal government is contributing $8.1 million (45%) to the project. The Province of Prince Edward Island is contributing $900,000 (5%) with the CAA is covering the remaining $9 million (50%).
The financial support of the Government of Canada, along with the Province of Prince Edward Island, for this project will enable the Charlottetown Airport to operate a resilient, safe, and efficient airport, while remaining competitive when it comes to passenger fares and airline fees and charges.