The Prescott Municipal Airport has completed work on the $8,000,000 runway safety project to the airport’s primary runway which shifted the runway 400 feet northeast to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway safety requirements. The project also included shifting parallel Taxiways C and D to match the relocated runway end.
The Runway 3R-21L Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements project was constructed to improve runway safety. The project constructed a modification to the airport’s primary runway safety area by increasing the existing 600-foot-long Extended Runway Safety Area by 400 feet on the 3R approach end of Runway 3R-21L to achieve compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 1,000-foot Extended Runway Safety Area requirement.
“We are proud of our airport, and companies are taking note of our available space for expansion,” said Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. “Safety is our foremost concern, and we’re excited to see this project completed,” he added.
The project also included work to install an underground storm drain system paralleling the main runway, the installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) taxiway lights along Taxiway D, re-grading of safety areas between the runway and parallel taxiways, and other miscellaneous improvements needed to improve safety on the airfield. In addition, the FAA relocated and replaced the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS) for Runway 21L. The airport expects to resume full operation later this year, when all navigational aids impacted by the project are re-certified by the FAA and new instrument approach procedures are published.
The project was funded primarily through an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the FAA which paid for 95% of the total project cost. The City paid for 2.5% of the project with the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division providing the remaining 2.5%. The AIP program provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our airports.
Prescott Municipal Airport conducts over 680 takeoffs and landings each day and is one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports with approximately 250,000 annual operations. Commercial air travel is available at the airport with Great Lakes Airlines offering daily flights to Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. Aviation user fees pay to support the operation and maintenance of the airport.
For further information, please contact the Jeff Tripp, Airport Manager, at 777.1114.