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It’s been called America’s most scenic airport. But even the most scenic of airports needs a little TLC now and again.Construction crews remove tie-down posts, three to an airplane, and scoop them up to be taken away from the Sedona Airport by a dump truck. The work was done in preparation for tarmac work that will begin soon. The asphalt to be replaced is 30 years old.

Work began Monday, Aug. 18, on the reconstruction of more than seven acres of asphalt on Sedona Airport’s aircraft parking ramp, which surrounds the terminal building.

This project adds no additional aircraft parking capacity to the airport, it only repairs asphalt that has deteriorated. Once the project is completed the new asphalt aircraft parking ramp will be serviceable for at least 20 years.

“I’m happy that construction is now beginning after a lot of work and anticipation,” said Rod Propst, the airport’s general manager. “I guess I’m relieved more than anything. The current layer of asphalt has been in use for 30-plus years but normally has a service life of around 20 years. Frankly, we’re amazed the asphalt lasted as long as it did.”

The project is estimated to take 90 days to complete at a cost of $2.3 million. The funding for this project comes from the Federal Aviation Trust Fund [91 percent], the State of Arizona Aviation Fund
[4.5 percent], and local funds from the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority [4.5 percent] or about $104,000. Propst said all of these funding sources are user-fee based and no general treasury dollars or general fund tax dollars are being used for this project.

Planning for this project began several years ago, when Yavapai County added this project to the annual aviation capital improvement program, to ultimately obtain grants from both the FAA and the Arizona Department of Transportation.


To read the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 22, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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