Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce the award of contract for runway rehabilitation, lighting and the installation of an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) project at the Dutchess County Airport to Tilcon New York. Tilcon’s bid of $3,941,400 was the lowest of six bids for the project.
“This is another fine example of our use of Federal and State funding programs to reinvest in a vital County asset while reducing the direct cost to County budget of the project,” stated County Executive Steinhaus, “This project will totally rehabilitate our main and cross runways, increasing safety and making the Dutchess County Airport even more attractive to general aviation aircraft. These improvements allow us to increase the airport’s already substantial economic impact on the local community, while continuing to make the airport more fiscally self-sufficient.”
The project will rehabilitate both the main runway and the cross-runway, provide for associated improvements and the install of the EMAS adjacent to Route 376, which will allow the length of the main runway to be maintained. The County had secured an offer from FAA to add $1,000,000 dollars to the project to allow the cross runway to be repaved, in conjunction with the main runway. However, Tilcon’s low bid will allow the repavement of the cross runway to be added to this project, while staying within the existing budget and completing both runways. Rehabilitating both runways, as parts of a single project will save the taxpayers money, allow fewer disturbances of airport operations and guarantee more coordination then if the runways were repaved separately.
The total project is 90 percent funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and 5 percent by New York State Department of Transportation (DOT). The work is expected to take place through the summer with completion scheduled for the fall of 2004.
Also in the news at the Airport, County Executive Steinhaus has submitted to the County Legislature a resolution for consideration at their July meeting, to accept an additional $300,000 in FAA grants for further improvements at the Dutchess County Airport.