Sawyer project

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board approved contracts Tuesday for a $1.4 million runway edge lighting and shoulder rehabilitation project at Sawyer International Airport.

The panel approval included a $1.3 million construction contract with the Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain and a $140,000 construction administration contract with Mead & Hunt Inc. of Marquette.

Phase I of the project was completed in 2012 and 2013 at a total cost of just over $1 million.

The contracts approved Tuesday are for rehabilitating the shoulders and edge lighting on the south half of runway 1/19 and runway safety area (blast pad) rehabilitation on the approach end of runway 01. This new work constitutes Phase II.

“This should complete the runway shoulders and lighting,” said Sawyer International Airport Manager Duane DuRay.

In a memo to Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch, DuRay outlined the project financing.

DuRay said the majority of the costs will be paid by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. Local matching costs will be paid for through passenger facility charges, which are derived from a $4.50 tax charged on each departure ticket.

County board approval of the contracts was contingent upon the federal grant being awarded.

DuRay said cost of the construction contract with Bacco was 12.4 percent less than an original engineering estimate. The blast pad rehabilitation work will cost $221,389 for construction and $24,926 for administration, all of which will be funded by passenger facility charges.

Edge lighting construction will cost $430,544 and administration will be $47,632. Of those costs, the FAA grant will fund 95 percent, the state will pay 5 percent and the county’s 5 percent of the costs will be funded through the passenger facility charges.

The same percentage breakdown will be used to finance the shoulder rehabilitation, which will cost $641,577 for construction and $67,607 for administration.

The total local costs for the project – all funded by passenger facility charges – will be $274,995 for construction and $30,688 for construction administration.

DuRay said the work is expected to be completed by June 2015.

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