Merrill Field News
2016 Capital Projects Underway and/or Planned
Continuation of winter-suspended Security Improvements, Phase 3: This project is a continuation of on-going, multi-phased security improvements at MRI. The 2015 project Phase 3 contract has been awarded to Alcan Electric and Engineering. This improvement project includes installation and/or update of security cameras at multiple vehicle gates; upgrades to the vehicle gate AOA ingress/egress access system; various apron light upgrades to LED; modification of the existing palisade fence along 5th Avenue to match the outward arc fence style in front of the FAA ATCT; and modification of TWY Kilo intersection on the north side of RWY 25. Winter-suspended work will resume this spring as soon as weather permits.
Rehabilitate TWY Quebec, Phase 5: Continuation of the multi-phased dynamic compaction project on Taxiway Quebec. Construction is anticipated in summer 2016.
Lighting Gravel/Ski Runway 5/23, plus Lighted Wind Sock Installation: Anticipated in summer 2016Lighting Gravel/Ski Runway 5/23, plus Lighted Wind Sock installation: Anticipated in summer 2016 Partial TWY Bravo Extension (north side of TWY Q only): Construction of TWY Bravo between Quebec and Mike intersections is planned, likely in May-June timeframe.
Security Improvements (Cameras/Lights/Signage/Fencing), Phase 4: A fiber optic line will be installed on the Orca Street / west side of the airport to provide reliable service to MRI security camera and vehicle gate access systems. This project will also include camera installation at the Orca Street vehicle gates to monitor pedestrian and vehicle access. Late 2016 timeframe anticipated.
Your cooperation and understanding during these construction projects is appreciated as we strive to provide a safer airport and we look forward to working with you on capital projects in 2016.
Our appreciation also to all airport stakeholders for your patience and cooperation during last year’s 2015 construction season. A recap of MRI airport improvements started/accomplished in 2015 include:
Rehabilitate Taxiway Quebec, Phase 4: This most recent phase of a multi-phased dynamic compaction rehab process completed another section along Taxiway Quebec toward the Medevac Apron.
Airport Master Plan Update, Phase 2: The financial section of the AMP is underway. The current twenty-year scope Airport Master Plan draft alternatives section lists, among other things, potential relocation of the existing MOA snow storage site south of 15th Ave and near-by relocation (not elimination) of the ‘Sitka Street Park,’ also on MRI property south of 15th Avenue, both as a long term option to convert these parcels into commercial/office complex facilities. The current green space approach/departure corridor for the north/south runway will be retained including the ‘public use area’ aspect that exists now. Timing for any such development is indeterminate, but under no circumstances would removal of the existing ‘sledding hill recreation area’ precede replacement construction. For current information, visit the MRI Master Plan website at http://www.merrillfieldmasterplan.com/
Security Improvements, Phase 3: Award and start of this above noted project, presently winter-suspended, will include installation and/or update security cameras; upgrades to the vehicle gate AOA ingress/egress access system; apron light upgrades; modification of the existing palisade fence along 5th Avenue; and modification of TWY Kilo intersection on the north side of RWY 25.
Acquisition of Former City Electric Property at 819 Orca Street (east side of Orca Street between 8th and 9th Avenue / abutting TWY B).
Also in 2015, multiple leasehold hangar construction projects were started, planning-wise and/or physical construction started or finished, including: nine stacked unit hangars completed between Orca St and RWY 16-34 (George Janssen/Premier Hangars); Paramount (Chaz Limited) started winter construction of a 16,400sf paint hangar; North Edge started a substantial hangar expansion project; AK Aircraft Engines installed footings for a 14,555sf hangar; Kontor Development removed the old Quonset hut hangars along Merrill Field Drive in preparation for hangar construction NLT November 2016; and Jay Hawk Air planned and now has materials on site for a 60’x60’ hangar.
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Several Merrill Field Security Cameras are currently experiencing an image problem. We are working with our consultant to fix this issue. Please pardon us for this inconvenience.
If you have any questions regarding the camera status, please call Alex Jumao-as, Assistant Airport Manager, at 343-6311 or send an e-mail message to Alex at Jumao-asAB@muni.org.