NEW PAVEMENT CONSTRUCTION
DURANT REGIONAL-EAKER FIELD
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.
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