Lexington Airport, Runway 8-26 Reconstruction

Morrow County, Washington

Century West performed design, bid and construction services for the reconstruction of Runway 8-26 at Lexington Airport. As part of the design, 5 rehabilitation/reconstruction alternatives were evaluated based on cost and constructability. The preferred alternative called for pulverization of the existing pavement section and addition of a new base course layer and AC surface course, which raised the runway profile approximately 8”. The project also included 2 new PAPI units, a pavement underdrain system, and a new MIRL system. One unique aspect to the project is that the on-site agricultural spray operator was allowed to use the parallel taxiway as a landing surface during construction. Although the airport was closed to public use while the runway was closed for construction (90 days), Century West, Morrow County and the FAA were able to develop a plan so agricultural spray planes could operate safely during construction. This creative approach minimized impacts to the on-airport agricultural spray business.