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Airport’s main runway has become a construction site

Modified: Monday, Jun 2nd, 2014

More than a dozen graders, earthmovers and large dump trucks were busy this past week as the contractor was busy digging up the Newport Municipal Airport main runway two weeks into the five-month project. (Photo by Rockne Roll)

SOUTH BEACH — The ambitious reconstruction of the Newport Municipal Airport main runway is heavy into the destruction phase of the $9.9 million project, and all is going well and on schedule.

The contractor, High Desert Aggregate and Paving, was busy this past week grinding and removing asphalt from the north end of the 5,398-foot-long strip and is expected to do the same to the south end during the next two weeks.

"Everything is going smoothly, and we’ve had no problems," said Melissa Roman, an engineering technician for the Newport Public Works Department. "The weather has cooperated so far, which is critical for us to meet the project’s end timeline of early October."

The next few weeks are crucial, Roman said, "because pavement protects the subgrade from rain, and once it is removed, we are at the mercy of the weather. Construction becomes a race to see what will happen first: the base lift placed or the winter rains. They started in September last year."

For the complete article see the 05-30-2014 issue.

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