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Ponca City Regional Airport project takes off

The Ponca City Regional Airport has begun a $8,073,665.00 project to construct a runway that can serve Ponca City and the surrounding area for many decades to come. Through a combination of FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) discretionary and supplemental funding and CARES Act funding, the project will be 100% funded by the FAA. This is one of the biggest single-phase general aviation airport projects ever in Oklahoma. The Ponca City Regional Airport has a $10 million dollar annual economic impact to the area.

Runway 17-35 at Ponca City Regional Airport is concrete and 7,201 feet long. The south 4,800 feet of the runway is exhibiting D-Cracking, broken slabs, shattered slabs, corner breaks, corner spall, joint spall, longitudinal and transverse cracks, and general deterioration that requires the pavement to be reconstructed. Also, there are areas that are ponding water on the runway. Due to the distresses, the pavement is deteriorating rapidly, and generates a significant amount of foreign object debris that is a hazard to aircraft. The airport also experiences flooding and drainage issues during large rain events.

This project will reconstruct the south 4,800 feet of the Runway 17-35, 100 feet wide, with 14 inch concrete pavement. Over 100,000 cubic yards of existing pavement will be removed. The new 14 inch concrete pavement will support the large aircraft that use the airport. Drainage improvements will also be made by grading the airport to FAA standards. Over 150,000 cubic yards of dirt will be moved. This will alleviate flooding and drainage issues. In addition, new lighting will be installed and the pavement will be marked. Koss Construction Company is the contractor and the project length is 140 working days.

Enrique’s Resturant will remain open throughout construction. Enrique’s is open for dine in and curbside service 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 pm. on Friday; and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Contact: Don Nuzum, Airport Manager, 767-0470.