Thank you for your patience during this project.
The contractors have buttoned the project up for the year and will have to come back in the spring for a couple days to complete the project per the plans and specs. They were not able to get the second and final lift on all areas, but they did feather out the pavement wherever there was a lip and ramped the transition areas down. The only areas that were not completed with a second lift were the areas in front of Hangars 10 and 11, as well as the Taxilane that leads from Gate 1 Northeastward into the hangar area. All barricades have been taken down and access to your hangar will be business as usual.
In the spring there will be a couple days of paving in those areas. The contractor will also complete all dirt work and seeding and make sure all punch list items are taken care of. Part of the final completion will include pavement striping of the lines leading into the center of your hangar. However, it's too cold to paint now.
Thank you for your patience. I thought it was a great project and the new pavement looks great. Mother Nature simply caught up to us this year with the earlier than normal cold temperatures.
31Oct2017 - Tenants, Mother Nature may be catching up to us. The contractor will continue to work toward completing the project before their asphalt plant shuts down on Friday, November 17, 2017. However, they need the right conditions to pave, which include two to three working days of dry surfaces and temperatures that are 34 degrees and rising. That combination may be tough to come by prior to the 17th, and the "days" get short at this time of year. As they continue to look for the right conditions, there will be some non-construction days. During these non-construction days, feel free to come and go from your hangar at your leisure. Gates 1 and 2 should be operational and there should not be construction equipment to contend with. You will notice (see pictures below) that there is still a 2" lip west of Hangars 5-8 and in and out of Hangars 10 and 11. If you have an aircraft in Hangars 10 or 11, please contact St. Cloud Aviation to help get your airplane in and out of the hangar, as well as tugged to the GA ramp, since there are various lips to deal with. If we do get some days where construction can take place, be mindful that Gate 1 will be turned off. It is possible that Gate 2 could be used to enter and exit the area, but aircraft and vehicles will not be allowed near where construction equipment is operating. Although we are striving to complete the project, it is possible that it may not get completed if Mother Nature does not cooperate. If this is the case, the contractor will complete the paving inside of Hangars 10 and 11 to the point where the door makes contact, then install temporary sloping away from the door so there is no longer a lip. They will also slope any other lips in the Hangar area to allow aircraft to taxi over them and will come back in the spring to remove the temporary sloping and install a permanent second lift. The barriers and flags on the edge of the General Aviation ramp leading to the Hangar Area will be left in place as a reminder to use caution when entering the Hangar Area and that the construction project is not complete, however, there will be breaks in the barriers to allow ingress and egress from the Hangar Area. Remember, there will be uneven pavement in some areas and we are asking to be alert and drive slowly in this area. Bill Towle, C.M., St. Cloud Regional Airport Director, William.Towle@ci.stcloud.mn.us
27Oct2017 - Lots of progress was made this week, unfortunately the contractor couldn’t work today due to the weather (snow/wind). A full single lift is paved and one-half of the 2” second lift remains. The contractor needs two more good weather days to complete the project and will be working as fast as they can, weather permitting. They intend to work next week but weather may delay that. Going into next week, we still don’t want tenants to be in the construction site. Please let us know if and when you need access to the area and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request. Thank you for your continued patience during this major upgrade. We’ll keep you up-to-date as things progress.
18Oct2017 - Airport Tenants: Lots of progress has been made. The construction crew is paving the first lift, moving from east to west. The first ‘lift’ is 2" of pavement, followed by the final lift or ‘wear course’ of an additional 2". This means that after the first lift, there is still a 2" drop-off of the ramp, as well as a 2" lip going into the hangars. We still cannot allow aircraft to taxi in the construction area, so please continue to contact St. Cloud Aviation, 320.253.1500, to have them tug your airplane to the general aviation ramp and back. They are finalizing the grading on the west end near Hangars 10 and 11 and this should be “blue topped” by the end of the day (which means ready for paving). It’s possible the first lift of asphalt will be completed in that area by the end of the week. That area has compacted sub-base and aircraft can be tugged across it to the general aviation ramp if needed. If everything goes as planned, it is possible that the paving piece will be completed by Friday, October 27, 2017. No guarantee, but we are shooting for that. There will, of course, still be lots of finish work to complete related to finish grades on grass areas, but everyone should have access to their aircraft and be able to taxi once the paving is complete. Again, I greatly appreciate everyone’s patience on this project. I appreciate the aircraft owners that have given as much advanced notice as possible when needing to use your aircraft. It really helps coordinate getting your aircraft in and out when you need it. After giving the Notice to Proceed to the contractor, the project is on time and on budget. I anticipate that you will be extremely satisfied with your new pavement in the T-Hangar area when it’s completed.
Questions? Please contact Bill Towle at 320.255.7292, Ext. 3, or William.Towle@ci.stcloud.mn.us.
13Oct2017 - Hello Tenants, Although lots of work was completed during the week of October 9th, the contractor unexpectedly ran into some poor subsoil that was deeper than anticipated and needed to be removed. That added an extra day or two for the area to be brought up to finish grade, so no paving occurred during this week. Week of October 16: Paving should begin near the Aero Club Hangar (Hangar 3) and Hangar 2. The contractor expects to complete the first lift (2") in the first couple days in this area. They will also be paving inside of each hangar stall, which will take some extra time to do those individually. During the week, they will also complete the grading of the areas near Hangars 10 and 11. They will either put the second lift (final 2") of pavement around Hangars 2 and 3, or they will begin paving the first lift around Hangars 7-11, depending upon how things go earlier in the week. We are now entering the home stretch and looking forward to seeing some pavement. :) As always, feel free to contact me directly at William.Towle@ci.stcloud.mn.us if you have questions or concerns related to this project.
04Oct2017 - First off, I want to thank everyone for your understanding up to this point. As you know, there will be some inconveniences throughout this project, but the end product will be a nice, smooth pavement that everyone can enjoy. We are coming to the end of milling old asphalt and getting the sub-base ready for new pavement. For safety reasons, no one is allowed to drive a vehicle into the construction area, nor is anyone allowed to start their airplane in the construction area. If you need to access your hangar, call St. Cloud Airport Administration at 320.255.7292, Ext. 3, or St. Cloud Aviation at 320.253.1500, and someone will escort you to the hangar and back. If you’re going flying, contact either one of us in advance and we will tug your airplane to the General Aviation ramp where you will be able to power it up. As for schedules, the contractor will be placing storm water pipe around the SCSU Aero Club Hangar and Hangar 2 at the end of this week, so aircraft in those hangars will likely be inaccessible until Monday, October 9th, 2017. Paving the first lift of asphalt could begin as soon as Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Again, I urge you to contact us as far in advance as possible if you require use of your airplane. Thanks for your patience as we make these critical improvements to your airport. Feel free to contact me directly at William.Towle@ci.stcloud.mn.us if you have concerns related to this project.
22Sept2017 - Final grant approval will occur on Monday, September 25, 2017, with work beginning the following morning. The week of September 25, 2017, will entail final surveys, silt fence installation, saw cutting inside the hangars, and asphalt milling/reclaiming. The saw cutting depth into the hangar will vary between approximately 18”–24” from the door opening, depending upon where the main crack is located. If your aircraft is in the way, it will be moved out of the hangar to allow for saw cutting and then pushed back in. If you don’t want St. Cloud Aviation to move your aircraft, it will need to be moved or removed from your hangar prior to Tuesday, September 26, 2017, and relocated to the General Aviation (GA) Ramp. As I’ve stated before, if you intend to use your aircraft during the construction project, I highly encourage you to contact St. Cloud Aviation well in advance so arrangements can be made to get the aircraft out to the GA Ramp. There are no guarantees that your aircraft can be moved at the time you intend to use it. There may be construction equipment in front of your hangar for extended periods of time. Please plan ahead and we will work with you to best of our abilities. Bill Towle, C.M., St. Cloud Regional Airport Director, 320.255.7292, William.Towle@ci.stcloud.mn.us
Pre-Construction Letter dated 9/11/17 from Airport Director
Initial Letter dated 7/28/17 from Airport Director (2.2 MB)
- Contractor: Hardrives Inc.
- Diagram (2.2 MB)
Schedule: Waiting on grant - estimated date to begin construction is September 18, 2017.
Please continue to monitor STC's website for updates!
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment and Opportunity for a Public Hearing for St. Cloud Regional Airport Hangar Area Expansion
Project Done. Final Document: