Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport manager Fred Ogden reports that the Taxiway Bravo project is progressing well despite weather delays.
"Good progress is being made on Taxiway Bravo in spite of the persistently bad weather since before Thanksgiving. Mark Word and the Redstone team are making the best of a difficult situation.
If the all goes well, Redstone and their subcontractor may be able to start laying asphalt on about 3000' of the taxiway sometime during the week of March 18, or sometime the next week depending on the weather. A diagram is attached that depicts the areas they hope to pave during this "lift."
Please also be aware that Mr. Word and I will meet every Wednesday morning for a few minutes at 08:30 to discuss the plans for the near term. The meeting is open to airport operators and other interested stakeholders. So, if you have any questions about what is going on with the project, please feel free to drop by my office at that time. Let me know if you need directions!
Also, please remember it will be necessary to shut-down Runway 09-27 and the ILS for the final 90 days of this project. Presently, it looks like that will be in early June through early September, depending on the weather.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the field for their patience thus far. Also, thanks for continuing to be safety conscience. Please continue to be aware of incoming and outgoing aircraft before crossing or back-taxiing the runway, especially on these cloudy days when incoming aircraft may be inbound for RWY 17 on the RNAV approach. Please continue to listen to those radios!"