The Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority (MTAA) has selected Parsons Brinckerhoff for design and construction oversight of the reconstruction of Runway 13-31 at Topeka Regional Airport.
Runway 13-31 is the airport’s primary runway, and is also used by the Kansas Air National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing, which is based at the airport.
As the owner’s representative, Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide project management, design services, and assist the MTAA with bidding the work. The firm will also provide services during construction and assist the MTAA with coordination of the project with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Kansas Air National Guard.
Runway 13-31 reconstruction will include replacement of the entire existing pavement structure, which was installed during World War II and has since been maintained with a bonded concrete overlay dating back to the 1990s. New construction will include a total replacement of the runway pavement section with Portland cement concrete pavement on a cement-stabilized base and densely graded crushed aggregate base.
The project also includes narrowing the runway from 60 meters to 45 meters (200 feet to 150 feet) to meet current FAA requirements for aircraft that typically use the airport, such as Boeing 737 series aircraft and regional jets; installation of new pavement edge drains; improvements to the vertical profile of the runway in selected areas to conform to FAA design criteria; relocation of the existing high-intensity runway edge lighting system; construction sequencing; and traffic control.
The total project is estimated to cost USD $48 million. Funding for the runway reconstruction will be divided among the FAA, the Kansas Air National Guard, and the MTAA.
Joseph Freund is the Project Manager and Jennifer Kuchinski is the Technical Principal-in-Charge and Project Advisor.