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Springfield airport awards $7.3M runway resurfacing project

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The Springfield-Branson National Airport has contracted with Maryland Heights-based Iron Mountain Construction Services for a $7.3 million runway resurfacing project to be completed during the summer.

One of the airport's two runways is set to be resurfaced.

“We’re extremely pleased with the bid amount,” Shawn Schroeder, interim director of aviation, said in a news release. “We anticipated bids coming in at $12.2 million. For the winning bid to come in $5 million below that is a reflection of the slow economy.”

Five contractors submitted bids for the projects, including:
  • Apac-Missouri's Springfield branch, $8 million;
  • Loch Sand and Construction, of Maryville, $7.9 million;
  • Idecker Inc., of St. Joseph, $8.7 million; and
  • Illinois Valley Paving, of Springfield, Ill., $9.6 million.
The total cost of the project is $8.4 million, which encompasses the contractor's cost, design costs and construction oversight. The Federal Aviation Administration would contribute $7.4 million, with the remaining costs covered by Springfield-Branson National Airport, the release said.

The project is scheduled to begin the first week of June and finish in late fall. The contract stipulates that Iron Mountain Construction Services has 150 contract days allowed for the work.

The airport plans to close for three days - from 11 a.m. Aug. 12 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15 - when the resurfacing reaches the intersection of the two runways.

“Our contract with Iron Mountain gives the company a lot of incentive for getting the intersection work done and the airport back open," Schroeder said in the release. For every hour the airport remains closed beyond the scheduled 72 hours, Iron Mountain would be penalized $4,000 in liquidated damages.

Schroeder, the airport’s assistant director, began serving as interim director of aviation March 24. Former director Gary Cyr retired from his post April 1 to take a job in Colorado, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
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