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Paving Delay Affects Kotzebue Airport


(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) –The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announces a two day closure on September 6 and 7 of the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (OTZ) Kotzebue Airport project due to a delay in paving.

The safety improvement project on Runway 9/27 started July 9 and has required partial closures of the runway.  Safety improvements include pavement rehabilitation for the main runway and taxiways, and replacement of the runway lighting systems.  Runway 18/36 is not affected by the project.

A complete schedule of the closures is available at dot.alaska.gov/nreg/projects/kotzebue-airport/files/kotz_schedule.pdf.

Construction cost for the project is $18 million and is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Runway work is scheduled to be completed October 2012 and additional safety improvements are planned for 2013 and 2014.  More information about the project is available at: dot.alaska.gov/nreg/projects/kotzebue-airport/.

Alaska DOT&PF oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska.

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