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2020 Construction Notice

Taxiway Charlie Reconstruction Project

Runway 36 with a construction signal showing the runway closed.
Runway 21 construction sign at Max Westheimer Airport

August 19, 2020 Phase one is completed! As of August 19th, runway 18/36 and taxiway Charlie is back open.  Taxiway Charlie will remain open for the next couple of months.  Full painting markings cannot be placed on the taxiway until the asphalt has 30 days to cure.  At the moment the markings on the taxiway Charlie are only at 40%.  At the end of the project, we will close runway 18/36 for a couple of days to finish putting down 100% paint markings and clean up some grading issues on the asphalt.  However, the runway is open and ready to use.

Starting August 20th, runway 3/21, taxiway Echo and the southern portion of taxiway Alpha will be NOTAMed closed.  Phase two will be the full reconstruction of the taxiway Echo which will be following the same process that we used taxiway Charlie.  Reconstruction of taxiway Echo is expected to take two months.  


June 19, 2020 We have started laying asphalt.  We still have a long way to go.  There is a lot of testing that goes along with the asphalt in phase one of this project.  As the asphalt is brought onto the airport, it is tested every step of the way.  The asphalt pavement has to be laid around 300 degrees fahrenheit to ensure it can be compacted to FAA standards.  Readings are taken during the entire process, a core is drilled into the asphalt 24 hours later, then taken to a lab to ensure it meets designed compaction standards.  It is a slow process, but for good reason.

As a reminder, this is phase one of a three phrase project.  Phase one includes reconstruction of all of taxiway Charlie, Charlie one, and its connectors.  Phase two and three will see runway 18/36 open back up and runway 3/21 closed.  Phase two will reconstruct taxiway Echo and phase three will reconstruct taxiway Delta.    

Keep an eye on the NOTAM for updates.

January 6, 2020, Max Westheimer Airport began construction on Runway 18/36 and Taxiways Charlie, Delta, and Echo.  These Runways and Taxiways will be closed down for a full reconstruction of the pavement.  The construction is expected to take around 9 months.


The Control Tower, Engineers, and Airport Management have taken extreme measures to ensure minimal runway closure as possible.  Airport Administration will constantly update the NOTAM to keep pilot informed on closures and detours.  

Past Projects

2018 Crack and Seal Runway 18/36 Rehabilitation

The Crack and Seal Runway Rehabilitation began on October 14, 2018, and was completed on November 2, 2018.  The Project Manager was Joe Sober, with KSA, and the Construction Manager was Charlie Bright, with the Univesity of Oklahoma.  The bid was awarded to Tri-City Seal Company from Tuttle, Oklahoma. 

Due to all the rain received in Norman during the course of the project, the timeline was extended out a few extra days.  The Airport personnel was hoping the two week time period would have been ample amount of time for the crack seal project to be completed, but since we had large amounts of rain during the project, the project timeline was extended.  The airport remained open during the entire construction project.  However, runway 18/36 was closed due to potential safety issues. 

2018 Project

Refurbish beacon

2015 Project

Runway 3 rehabilitation

This project consisted of improvements such as filling of cracks and replacement of 3.5" of asphalt. During the process, new drainage structures and grading were done in order to replace old drainage channels from the safety areas of both runway ends.  In addition, the project included the remarking and redesignation of Runway 17/35 and 18/36, as well as, the sealing and remarking of the runway.   

2014 Projects

Airport Garage
Garage to house the Airport Truck and Kobota
New water line placed at hanger 1200
Detention Pond
Detention Pond
Clean-up outside of Building 210.
Construction of hangar connection for Hunter-Miller Company's hangar.
Green tanks that were removed at Building 210.

2013 Project

Work being done on the replacement of Gate 6.

2012 Projects

  • Installation of the new AWOS system
  • Installation of the Windsock
  • Installation of the emergency vehicle entrance
  • Replacement of the airfield parking and lanes next to the terminal on the airfield
  • Pavement repair to the airfield
  • Line Shack demolition
  • Flood Lights installed
  • Building of a new residential hanger
  • Controller box installation at Gate 7


2011 Projects

In 2011 PAPI was installed at RWY 35.  The fuel farm received some updates to the fueling area and a road was installed by the north windsock.