Boyne airport board to review capital improvement plan

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Benjamin Gohs

News Editor

What will Boyne City’s municipal airport look like in 2020?

The Boyne City Airport Advisory Board will have a better idea when QoE Consulting presents its latest Airport Capital Improvement Plan at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday May 22 in the airport terminal.

“It is still in the discussion stage and has not been adopted,” stated Boyne City Manager and Boyne Airport Manager Michael Cain in a May 9 e-mail to the Boyne City Gazette.

According to Boyne’s proposed Michigan State Block Grant Program 10-Year Airport Capital Improvement Program, 2014 would see an update to the airport’s layout plan.

Per QoE’s findings, the current Airport Layout Plan (ALP) does not meet federal standards and was originally completed in order to have a plan on file.

“An updated ALP is needed to obtain airspace review of future projects,” it states on the capital improvement plan.

The cost of the first year of the plan is estimated at $72,000 in state funds and $8,000 in local funds for a total of $80,000.

The proposal for 2015 is to acquire land for the west runway approach. This is estimated to cost $540,000 in state funds and $60,000 in local funds for a total of $600,000.

“Property is needed to clear trees at existing residences in the east runway approach in order to reduce the Runway 27 displaced threshold,” it states in the plan. “An estimated 18 residences may be involved.”

According to the 2013 Aircraft Information Manual, a “Displaced threshold is a runway threshold located at a point other than the physical beginning or end of the runway. The portion of the runway so displaced may be used for takeoff but not for landing. Landing aircraft may use the displaced area on the opposite end for roll out.”

The improvement proposed for 2016 involves erecting security fencing at a total estimated cost of $125,000; $112,500 in state funds and $12,500 in local moneys.

“Fencing is needed to control pedestrians, ATVs and snowmobile traffic, as well as reduce deer incursions on the runway,” it states in the plan.

In 2017, it is proposed to construct phase one—1,240 feet by 35 feet—of a parallel taxiway.

The estimated cost of this project is $275,000—with $247,500 coming from state funds, and $27,500 in local moneys.

“Phase I of the parallel taxiway is to reduce back-taxiing and improve airport safety,” it states in the plan.

The second phase of the parallel taxiway is proposed for 2018. This section would be 3,440 feet by 35 feet.

The estimated cost of the second phase of the taxiway is $700,000, with $630,000 in state funds and $70,000 in local funding.

The 2019 improvements proposed include the rehabilitation of Runway 9-27. No cost estimates have been produced at this time.

The grand total for the overall airport improvement project—not including work on Runway 9-27—is estimated to be $1,780,000, with $1,602,000 coming from state funds, and $178,000 coming from local moneys.

QoE’s plan—which was revised on April 15—will be considered further at the May 22 meeting.