Michael D. Esher, airport and ferry administrator for Pierce County, reported today that work will begin Tuesday to realign the taxiway at Thun field.
Looker and Associates of Puyallup was awarded the $616,342 contract and expects to complete work by Oct. 15, the county said in a press release today.
The airport runway will remain in use for all but a short interval required to match asphalt in new sections of the taxiway.
Esher said the project will improve safety at the airport by creating more distance between the runway and taxiway at the north end of the field, and by enlarging the hold area for departing aircraft.
Pierce County purchased a small section of property from Northwest Cascade Inc. to allow the taxiway change to be made.
The project’s total cost, including design, is $750,000, of which 95 percent is covered by a Federal Aviation Administration grant. The remainder is split between the Washington Department of Transportation Aviation Division and the airport’s operating funds.
The FAA grant includes funds to install an emergency backup electrical system on the field.
Thun Field is located near South Hill at 16715 Meridian Ave. E.