The West Michigan Regional Airport Authority announced the start dates of West Michigan Regional Airport’s runway and LED lighting project. The airport will remain fully closed from May 10th, 2021 through May 24th, 2021, followed by two weeks of nighttime closures to accommodate the updates.
May 10- May 24: Complete Runway Closure
The first phase, beginning May 10th, will begin with two weeks of full airport runway closure. During this time they will resurface the runway and update airfield lighting to LED bulbs. By overlapping runway construction and lighting replacement, the project team hopes to minimize airport downtime.
May 25- June 7: Open Daylight Hours [6am-10pm]
From May 25 to June 7, the runway will remain open from 6AM until 10PM, closing overnight for continued airfield lighting updates. Throughout construction all runway lighting, precision approach path indicators (PAPI), taxiway lighting and other exterior lighting will be out of operation, requiring the nighttime runway closure.
Construction crews will perform routine maintenance to remove and replace the aging runway pavement. The facility upgrades will also include replacing existing incandescent light fixtures with state-of-the-art, low-energy LED fixtures. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs use an estimated 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs while lasting 25% longer.
Questions about the upcoming construction projects at the West Michigan Regional Airport can be directed to Aaron Thelenwood, West Michigan Regional Airport Director at [email protected].