August 30, 2012

City Seeking Bids for Airport Runway Renovations

The Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport runway may be getting a facelift. The city is seeking bids to repaint and seal the local airstrip using federal grant funds.

It's not your normal paint and seal job, but the City of Memphis will be looking for contractors to perform renovations at the Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport this fall. The proposed project calls for removal and replacement of the basic pavement markings on runway 12-30, and installation of non-precision instrument markings on the runway. The painting project encompasses approximately 13,000 square feet.

The proposal also calls for application of a pavement friction seal coat surface treatment on the runway, apron, access taxiway and T-hangar taxilanes, encompassing more than 8,200 square yards.

The successful bidder will be performing crack and seam sealing of approximately 2,700 linear feet of runway.

The final portion of the proposed renovations involves removal of isolated trees by the City of Memphis as part of the revised Airport Layout Drawing that will meet FFA requirements for site lines on approach to the facility.

The bulk of the project will be funded through federal general aviation entitlement funds. The facility maintains $103,478 in funding for federally approved projects dating back to fiscal year 2009. The airport receives $150,000 annually in grant funding through the program, producing a warchest of $553,478 that can be used for federally approved improvements to the facility.

The funding requires a 5% local match for all federal grant money received through 2011. For 2012 the local match amount was changed to 10%, meaning the city would be required to pay $37,902 to utilize the entire grant balance.

The current proposed project is not expected to use more than one year's worth of federal grant monies, which are administered through the state community development block grant program. The project has been reviewed by the local airport committee as well as state transportation officials for approval.

Bids will be reviewed at the September 6th Memphis City Council meeting.

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