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Clarksville Regional Airport announces Apron Improvements

 

Clarksville Regional AirportClarksville, TN – Clarksville Regional Airport (KCKV) announced it has completed the bid selection for a $3.2 million apron improvements package that will greatly expand the airport’s accessibility and aircraft parking capabilities.

The improvements include a completely reconstructed apron area with two new helicopter landing pads, a new tie down area supporting 55 aircraft and structural improvements to the apron design that expand the airport’s service capabilities.

Assistant Airport Manager John Atnip Refuels an Airplane at the Clarksville Regional Airport

Assistant Airport Manager John Atnip Refuels an Airplane at the Clarksville Regional Airport

Clarksville Regional has selected HMA Contractors as the tentative contract winner for the $3.2 million project, pending verification that the bid response meets final engineering specifications.

Construction on the project is set to begin immediately and be completed within 110 days.

The Airport will remain fully operational during the construction, which will occur in five phases through October. Phasing the project will allow the airport to continue to support and service aircraft and minimize impact to existing operations.

Ninety-five percent of the funding was made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, with the remaining five percent funded from the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County governments. The project specifications included cost savings measures that allow for the greatest expansion of Clarksville Regional’s capabilities for the lowest cost.

For instance, the existing stone under the current apron will be reused in non-weight critical areas and none of the current apron materials will be wasted or leave the airport. Excess demolition materials from the improvement project will be used in the control access road connecting the airport to the Tiny Town Road Fire Station, which provides immediate access for fire protection to access the airfield, a key factor in any future expansion of the airport’s capabilities and a goal of airport’s strategic plan.

“The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Aeronautics Division is proud to support Clarksville Regional Airport’s improvement aspirations,” said Director of Tennessee Aeronautics William B. Orellana. “These apron improvements support the beautiful new terminal and the potential for increased activity at the Clarksville Regional Airport.”

The apron improvements will greatly enhance space utilization, correct drainage issues and will expand the weight-bearing capabilities of the apron to match that of the runways. The new apron will be divided into three weight-bearing categories, minimizing the cost of design and construction.

The first area located in front of the terminal building and extending north will support heavy aircraft with the ability to support weight of 90,000 lbs. per dual wheel. A medium weight area will support taxing and parking for aircraft up to 60,000 lbs. per dual wheel.

Finally, two concrete helicopter landing pads will support heavy skidded helicopters that cannot land on asphalt.

“We are seeing a trend towards larger aircraft utilizing the airport and these improvements will support those craft and our future needs,” said Clarksville Regional Airport Director John Patterson. “We will continue to provide more travelers the highly-rated, responsive and professional service that the flying community has come to expect from Clarksville Regional Airport.”

Apron improvements add to recent accomplishments announced by the airport including a new terminal, new airport branding, an upgraded website and new flight school capabilities, which greatly expand the Airport’s ability to attract corporate travelers, provide chartered flight service for corporate and personal travel and support recreational flying.

“This improvements package is a critical step supporting Clarksville Regional Airport’s long-term strategic goals. The specifications for the apron improvements package was designed with expansion in mind, both with regard to physical presence as well as future capabilities,” remarked Sammy Stuard, chairman of the Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Airport Authority. “The airport is taking critical steps to serve both the residents and businesses of Clarksville well into the future.”


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