TULSA — Tulsa Airports Improvement Trustees on Thursday accepted a pending $1.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant for the reconstruction of the 10,000-foot main north-south runway at Tulsa International Airport. A $1.58 million engineering design contract for the project was approved.
Low bidder for the estimated $50 million main runway and associated taxiway design project was PBS&J. The board approved its contract but asked Jeff Hough, deputy airports director of engineering and facilities, to withhold a notice to proceed until trustees are provided more information about project construction and design costs at the board’s meeting in June. "The total projected cost for the runway is between $40 million and $50 million and the total design costs will be about 10 percent,” Airports Director Jeff Mulder said. "In my experience, the costs of design and architectural work is between 6 percent and 10 percent.” The main runway reconstruction project will begin in 2010, take five to six years to complete and will be enormously complex, Mulder said. The runway was last rebuilt nearly 30 years ago. Deferred were approvals of URS Corp.