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Stillwater Regional Apron Reconstruction and Expansion (Phase 1-Gray, Phase 2-Red, Phase 3-Blue)


With the growth at Stillwater Regional Airport and the start of commercial service, apron reconstruction and expansion were a major need. With up to three flights daily, the commercial service airplane is parked directly outside the terminal and passenger screening areas. This blocks the flow of traffic and takes up a large portion of the existing apron. Also, the existing asphalt apron had some low strength areas that could not support the growing aircraft that use the airport. A reconstruction and expansion apron project scope were discussed with the airport and FAA. Phasing to keep the apron usable while construction was ongoing was a big part of the discussion. Room for aircraft to park during high traffic times, including OSU gamedays, and room for the commercial service to operate were big factors in design of the Construction Safety Phasing Plan. Also, with the large amount of funding needed to complete the apron, it was determined that 3-4 phases were needed. The north phase was designed in 2019 and phased to maintain enough apron space for operations during construction. The south phase was designed in 2020 and includes a very large area of apron expansion to the south. The OSU flight center is moving to this area and will utilize the new apron area. Both projects are constructing concurrently and are expected to be completed this winter or early spring next year. With very low bids received on the first two phases, the final phase will be designed and completed in 2021. With the north and south apron expansion completed, there will be ample room for operations on the airport for both private users and commercial service.  The project is funded through a coordination of the FAA and the City of Stillwater. The total construction cost will be around 15 million dollars for the completed apron.

Durant Regional-Eaker Field New Taxiway Alignment


A recently completed LBR project at Durant involved improving Runway 17-35 safety areas to FAA standards; realigning, reconfiguring, and reconstructing the parallel, partial parallel, and connecting taxiways serving Runway 17-35; and installation of new lighting equipment.

The objective of realigning the taxiway system was to eliminate confusing and sometimes hazardous ground-traffic patterns. Constructing a parallel taxiway system greatly improves the safety and efficiency of an airport. It is much easier for a pilot to know where they are with this system and provides an emergency north-south runway. 

Another part of the project was improvement of safety areas to FAA standards. Grading and drainage was improved for a future improvement in airport reference codes. This work allows the airport to accept larger aircraft and increases the potential for new users. 

New lighting equipment was also installed in the project. Brand new LED taxiway lights were installed, as these lights have shown to be much more cost efficient and require less maintenance than incandescent lighting. A new equipment shelter was also installed to store the regulators and the associated equipment. A new constant current regulator was installed for use with the new taxiway lighting and signage. New hold short signs were also installed at the hold bars serving Runway 17-35. These improvements increase safety for pilots and provide a safe position to wait for the runway to clear.

The project was funded through a combination of the FAA, the OAC, and the City of Durant. The total construction cost was just over six million dollars.


Stillwater Regional Airport Apron Construction

Okemah Municipal New Runway

David Jay Perry New Parallel Taxiway

Stillwater Regional New Parallel Taxiway

Ponca City Regional New Parallel Taxiway

Healdton Municipal Relocated Runway

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