The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is proposing to improve the airport in Seward, Alaska. Seward is located on the Kenai Peninsula at the north end of Resurrection Bay, approximately 75 air miles or 125 highway miles south of Anchorage. The state of Alaska owns and operates the Seward Airport, which includes a paved main runway (RW 13/31), a paved crosswind runway (RW 16/34), multiple taxiways, and two aprons.
RW 13/31 is adjacent to the Resurrection River which has flooded it and Taxiway A repeatedly in recent years, periodically closing the runway and causing ongoing repair expenses. To address this problem, this project will shift, lengthen, and raise the current crosswind runway (RW 16/34) above the 100-year flood level. Some taxiways will be raised to meet the new runway elevation while others will be removed in accordance with current FAA guidance. New runway and taxiway lighting will be installed. The river side of the raised runway will receive rip rap armoring to protect it during flood events. The aprons will be repaved, and new navigation aids will be installed. RW 13/31 and Taxiway A will be closed, but the runway embankment will be left in place as additional protection against future flood events.