The $59 million Kodiak Airport Runway Safety Area Extension recently completed by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) presented a unique issue for those involved with the project, lack of land for the extension. In order to remedy this problem, the ADOT&PF, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and project consultant HDR decided to extend two federally required runway safety areas by 600 feet into the Gulf of Alaska. Two EMAS (engineered material arresting systems) beds were installed to stop aircraft from runway undershoots and overruns.

For the beds to be created, a land base of about 14,000 armor stones, each weighing 12,000 lbs. was used. ADOT&PF Commissioner Marc Luiken spoke highly of the project and team:

“The entire project delivery team did a remarkable job with this challenging airport project. Kiewit’s careful coordination of material delivery to this remote location and working closely with the airport’s stakeholders, resulted in a superbly orchestrated safety project that will greatly benefit Kodiak and the U.S. Coast Guard Base,”

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