Juneau Airport study delayed

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A federal study to evaluate the Juneau airport is taking longer than expected and now likely won't be completed until next year.

A draft environmental impact statement was due for release in August. But now it looks like it won't be released until February.

A final report is expected in September 2003, Ken Wallace, project manager with SWCA Inc., told the Juneau Airport Board on Wednesday.

The extra work has increased the cost of the project from $1.6 million to $1.9 million, he said.

The study is taking longer because of additional fieldwork, said Patti Sullivan, project manager with the Federal Aviation Administration. She said it also is taking longer than expected to complete cooperative work with other agencies.

Projects under review include navigational lighting, a snow removal equipment building, taxiways, hangars and aircraft parking at the airport.

The study also includes new runway safety areas for aircraft that undershoot or overshoot the airstrip.

A wildlife hazard management plan also is a part of the study, including a proposal to clear-cut trees near the airport's floatplane pond.

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