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.