Within the last six years, Mandan Municipal Airport’s storage and traffic demands grew from 53 based aircraft and nearly 8,000 operations to 86 based aircraft and approximately 30,000 operations. In addition, the Airport’s 35-year-old asphalt runway was reaching the end of its useful life, deteriorating and displaying large cracks throughout the pavement.
KLJ crafted a plan that included reconstructing the runway, portions of all connecting taxiways and the runway intersection, increasing runway strength with concrete, improving drainage with edge drains, and replacing an aging lighting system with LED technology.
The new runway established Mandan Municipal Airport as the ninth airport in North Dakota with a concrete runway. The newly constructed concrete runway provides greater strength and longevity and will remain economical for the long-term. The improved runway will better serve the 30,000 plus operations that the Airport serves and sets the Airport up to handle increased activity and multiple infrastructure expansions.
In 2015, the reconstruction project was awarded Project of the Year by the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (NDSPE) Chapter 3. Projects are selected for this award based on innovative engineering and application of existing technologies, benefit to society, aesthetics, project size and scope, and schedule.