JAC has nearly 50 years of use on its current runway and it has been rehabilitated 4 times since it was constructed in the late 70’s.
In the spring of 2022, it will be necessary for the runway at JAC to be fully reconstructed. This will require a 78-day runway closure to enable construction crews to work 24/7, until the project is completed.
Runway reconstruction will be completed in 3 phases and project engineers have estimated JAC will be able to reuse 90-95% of the current material for the reconstruction. This helps to reduce the number of truck trips to/from the airport during all phases of the runway construction.
Phase I will include preliminary work for staging the entire runway project. Importing materials, installation of drainage, and the paving of the Runway Safety Area will all take place in Phase 1. This work will be completed in 100 calendar days beginning in June and ending in October of 2021.
Phase 2 is the project Phase that includes the 78-day runway closure and will take place from April 11th, 2022 through June 27, during 2022. There will be no flight operations at JAC or Jackson Hole Aviation during the 78-day closure. The National Forest Service Helitack Base will remain operational throughout the closure.
During Phase 2, runway material will be excavated, and a new subbase will placed and paved. Taxiways’ A4 and A1 will also be reconstructed during this time as well as a portion of Taxiway A2. Crews will be working 24/7 during the 78-day closure to complete the project on schedule. Commercial air service to/from JAC will resume on June 28th, 2022.
Phase 3 begins in July of 2022 and will be completed by the end of August 2022. Phase 3 will take place during a 30-day period for runway grooving and striping. The runway will be open to aircraft during this time and all grooving and striping will take place at night.
During the 78 days, our construction partners and we are committed to guaranteeing that this project is completed efficiently, with minimal impacts, and adheres to the highest environmental standards we can achieve on such a project.