Sioux Falls Regional Airport 2017 Reconstruction
Contractor:         T&R Contracting, Inc.
Owner:                 Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Engineer:             KLJ 

Carefully planned and executed construction staging is important for any airport project, but it was particularly important considering the scale of the reconstruction and rehabilitation project at Sioux Falls Regional Airport, which is home to the South Dakota Air National Guard’s F-16, “Fighting Falcon” jets. 

The project consisted of the partial reconstruction of runway 3/21; partial reconstruction of taxiways A, B4, and B5; rehabilitation of taxiway K rehabilitation; reconstruction of the aircraft arresting system on runway 3/21; and the partial reconstruction of National Guard Drive.

The project consisted of the partial reconstruction of runway 3/21; partial reconstruction of taxiways A, B4, and B5; rehabilitation of taxiway K rehabilitation; reconstruction of the aircraft arresting system on runway 3/21; and the partial reconstruction of National Guard Drive.

The first phase consisted of the reconstruction of taxiways K and B5, as well as the demo, a 3.5 ft subgrade cut, and placing gravel for 800 feet for runway 3/21 and taxiway B4. The two taxiways had to be completed before T&R Contracting could close the rest of the runway and taxiway A to allow for planes to taxi on K and B5.

The second phase consisted of the remaining demo, grading and placing gravel for runway 3-21, along with work on taxiway A. This work included removing 30-in. thick asphalt and a 3.5 ft subgrade cut, placing a 17-in. thick concrete paving on runway 3/21 and taxiway A, and adding 30 ft.-wide asphalt shoulders. All this work had to be completed in 70 calendar days.

Both phases included a four-step installation of lights, which involved pouring a base and paving over it, adding a 14 in. diameter core, adding an upper section, and then epoxying. In all, there were 128 in-pavement lights that had to be sequenced appropriately to allow room for the paver track and access by the concrete trucks to the paver.

After paving the runway, a 5 ft x 150 x 17 in.-thick section of new paving had to be sawed out for the construction of the Aircraft Arresting System, which serves as the emergency braking system for the F-16 jets.

Another notable detail about the project was the contractor demonstrated a commitment to sustainable construction by in situ recycling of the existing 15-in. concrete paving and reuse of the material for the 13-in. base.

The scope of the project, the schedule, and the other challenges proved to be no match for the contractor, which counted this project as the latest in their on-time, successful projects delivered for the airport in recent years.