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Homer Airport Improvements

Project # CFAPT00491 / AIP 3-02-0122-XXX-2022

What’s New

The project’s first Online Open House is underway and continues through June 28, 2021. The project team held the live presentation as part of Online Open House via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Presentation materials from the live presentation and the Online Open House are available on the Public Involvement page.

Overview

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is proposing a project to rehabilitate and improve the Homer Airport and associated airport facilities. The project will make improvements to the runway, taxiways, and General Aviation Apron, lighting, and drainage structures; use excess excavated material (if any) to begin embanking material for a future parallel taxiway; construct a new turnaround taxiway and perimeter service road; remove obstructions to the runway Object Free Area (OFA); and perform ancillary work associated with the proposed improvements.

The Homer Airport is a state-owned, public-use, primary commercial service airport serving the southern Kenai Peninsula and eastern Cook Inlet. The airport receives scheduled passenger and cargo service, with approximately 53,000 annual aircraft operations for all operation types including commercial, air taxi, general aviation, and military. Airport facilities include a 6,701-foot-long by 150-foot-wide asphalt runway, passenger terminal, lighted helipad, flight service station, and floatplane facilities. The Homer Airport consists of 1,042 acres with 294 of these designated as state critical habitat (the Homer Airport Critical Habitat Area).

Project Description

The DOT&PF is considering the following improvements:

  • Rehabilitate Runway 04/22 and reduce width from 150 feet to 100 feet with paved shoulders
  • Rehabilitate portions of Taxiways A, B, and D, and the General Aviation (GA) Apron
  • Rehabilitate Runway Safety Areas
  • Expand and pave the gravel tie-down area at the east end of the GA Apron
  • Remove a portion of Taxiway D and reconstruct as a service road
  • Construct new taxiway turnaround at the east end of the runway
  • Place excess excavated material (if any) to construct embankment for portions of future parallel Taxiway H
  • Construct new one-lane, gravel-surface perimeter service road and connectors
  • Remove terrain obstructions penetrating the runway Object Free Area (OFA)
  • Replace runway and taxiway edge lighting
  • Replace existing Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI) with Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI) for both runway ends
  • Improve drainage, including replacing culverts, ditch grading, and reconstructing the Lampert Lake outfall
  • Apply dust palliative to unpaved surfaces as necessary
  • Clear and grub vegetation
  • Adjust utilities, if required

Homer Airport Improvements project map