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Laredo City Council Seeks Grants for Phases 14 & 15 of Airport Cargo Apron Rehab

Feature Photo (above): Section view of the air cargo area of Laredo International Airport, as seen from Airpark Drive. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 9-29-2020

by Adolfo Pesquera

Laredo (Webb County) — City Council approved the submittal of two grant applications totaling $15.9 million to the Federal Aviation Administration, funds needed to complete the reconstruction of Phases 14 and 15 of the Laredo International Airport cargo apron project.

Votes were taken on the grant applications at the Sept. 21 council session. The Cargo Apron Phase 14 grant will be for $10,485,466 and that is expected to cover the total project cost. There is no local match.

The Phase 15 grant will be for $5,393,884. However, there is a local match of $599,321, bringing the total cost for the two phases to about $16.5 million.

Both grants are intended to enable the airport to use this area as an active aircraft parking area for the cargo aircraft fleet. The structural capability of the existing pavement sections are very limited and not capable of supporting the aircraft fleet. Their current Condition Index has been rated from “poor to failed.”

A May 2020 report in AviationPros stated that Laredo International Airport (LRD) has been working on a full rehabilitation of the cargo and general aviation side of the airport. LRD Director Jeffery Miller told AviationPros that the old asphalt ramp was creating foreign object debris issues. As of Spring 2020, the LRD had been awarded $55 million from the FAA over the previous five years.

When completed, the new cargo apron will be more than 3.3 million square feet.

“We’ll be capable of holding 37 Boeing 767 aircraft in conjunction with one another,” Miller told AviationPros. “It’s a huge expansion of the area.”

Aerial perspective of Laredo International’s cargo aviation area. Image: Google Earth.

Phase 14 Scope (VBX Project ID 2020-46C0):

Phase 14 of the Apron Rehabilitation (Full Depth) begins with the removal of 42,290 Square Yards of asphalt and concrete Cargo Apron and construction of 42,290 SY of new pavement section of 17″ of P-501 Concrete Pavement , 6″ of Asphalt Base and 12″ of Compacted Subgrade.

The existing pavement section is inadequate for parking the large cargo aircraft and will be replaced with a concrete pavement section with an increased structural capacity.

The project also includes the installation of 8′ Air Operations Area (AOA) Chain Link Fence to replace a portion of the existing 6′ AOA Chain Link Fence to increase the security of the apron. The project also includes drainage improvements of the existing storm drain system within the cargo apron rehabilitation limits.

The project also includes a realignment of Taxiway A, which runs along the edge of the apron, to provide more room for aircraft parking. The taxiway realignment will require replacing taxiway edge lights and signs along the edge of the apron. Construction contract time for this phase is 575 days. The project is comprised of 1 base bid and 5 bid alternates.

Phase 15 Scope (VBX Project ID 2020-6E7B):

Phase 15 of the Apron Rehabilitation (Full Depth} will consist in the removal of 18,054 Square Yards of asphalt and concrete Cargo Apron and construction of 18,054 SY of new pavement section of 17″ of P-501 Concrete Pavement , 6″ of Asphalt Base and 12″ of Compacted Subgrade.

The existing pavement section is inadequate for parking the large cargo aircraft and will be replaced with a concrete pavement section with an increased structural capacity.

The project also includes the installation of 8′ AOA Chain Link Fence to replace a portion of the existing 6′ AOA Chain Link Fence to increase the security of the apron. The project also includes drainage improvements of the existing storm drain system within the cargo apron rehabilitation limits.

The project also includes a realignment of Taxiway A, which runs along the edge of the apron, to provide more room for aircraft parking. The taxiway realignment will require replacing taxiway edge lights and signs along the edge of the apron. Construction contract time for this phase is 575 days. The project is comprised of 1 base bid and 5 bid alternates.


adolfo@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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