(Looking northeast along the new taxilane extension. Below, looking southwest along the new taxilane. Joshua Scheer photos)
(Lander, Wyo.) – A $600,833 project to extend Hunt Field Airport’s taxilane is complete, and the city’s Airport Board hopes the project will help meet the demand for hangar space while the rodeo grounds relocation is under way.
On Tuesday evening, the Lander City Council approved a number of pay requests to 71 Construction, the lead contractor on the project, and to Armstrong Consultants for engineering costs. Of the total price, the city is responsible for 2 percent. The Federal Aviation Administration covered 95 percent and the state paid for 3 percent.
The project extended the taxilane to the southwest end of the airport to make room for four to seven additional hangars, Airport Board Chairman John Larsen said in an interview.
Larsen said the extension will give the board another couple years before it will have to consider developing the current rodeo grounds for hangar space. A study of a relocation site for the rodeo grounds is on going. He called the extension “kind of a bandaid.”
Currently one new hangar is under construction on the extension and another space could be filled in the near future, Larsen said.
The project was about two years in the making, having been bid out three times before it was awarded.
Larsen said the board is pleased with 71 Construction’s and Armstrong Consultant’s work.
Another project ongoing at the airport is improvements to the fueling system so that it can be self serve. Larsen said this would allow local and out-of-time pilots to fill up their own planes using a credit card rather than having to call someone for help.