Friday, April 29, 2016

Gettysburg Regional Airport (W05) to close for runway work: Harrisburg International Airport parent agency also OKs $844K in contracts

Gettysburg Regional Airport will close for just over two months to allow for runway rehabilitation, officials with the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority said today.

The news comes as SARAA officials also voted to approve more than $844,000 worth of contracts to purchase new equipment for Harrisburg International Airport and Capital City Airport.

Located in Cumberland Township, Adams County, Gettysburg Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that handles about 10,000 operations per year.

Its temporary closure, which will take effect May 31, is scheduled to last for about 68 days.

"Keeping the runways at our smaller airports in good condition is critical for the safety of those using the airport," said the authority's executive director, Timothy Edwards. "This is the third phase of the project which began in 2013."

Equipment contracts

The new purchases approved by the SARAA board include a new wheel loader with snow removal attachments for Capital City Airport, new pickup trucks for HIA, and the replacement of the cooling tower at HIA, said board Chairman Stephen Libhart.

"These purchases will replace older, outdated equipment which are no longer capable of performing to the standard required and will help our staff be more efficient," Libhart said.

The cooling tower, which is original to the terminal, has begun to corrode and malfunction, he said.

"A temporary tower will be in place while the new one is being installed, ensuring the terminal will have air conditioning during the project, which is expected to begin in June," Libhart added.

In other news:

•  BKD, LLP of Indianapolis presented the SARAA Board with an unmodified financial audit for fiscal year 2015 which "determined there were no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses related to SARAA’s internal controls for financial reporting and compliance with major federal awards programs," officials said.

• During the month of March, HIA served more than 100,000 passengers and had nearly 4,300 tons of cargo land at the airport. Cargo tonnage is up 17.3 percent compared with March 2015, and up four percent compared to the first quarter of last year, officials said.

Original article can be found here: http://www.cpbj.com

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