Connecticut airport shuts for planned runway work

Waterbury-Oxford Airport in the US state of Connecticut closed its runway this week for planned reconstructive work to improve overall safety.

The runway project at the small airport is set to cost $32m and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is covering the vast majority of the cost – 90%.

The FAA is covering most of the infrastructure including the cost of reconstructing the pavement of the runway and other elements such as new runway lights, directional signs and markings.

In a released document, the airport noted: “This project will correct two nonstandard conditions identified by FAA, the Runway 18-36 line of sight and the
Runway 18 longitudinal gradient (no angle point within the first ¼ length of the Runway).

All reconstructed pavements will be designed to current FAA geometry standards.

Additional project elements include the relocation of a section of Juliano Drive to allow for the construction of the Runway 36 Safety area, as well as the relocation of the Runway 36 localizer and lowering of an Eversource transmission tower.

Private jets at the airport will most likely have been moved prior to commencement of the project.