General Aviation Ramp Reconstruction-Phase V & VI
The Lake Tahoe Airport anticipates to start construction on General Aviation Ramp Reconstruction-Phase V (Federal Aviation Administration Grant #3-06-0249-042-2019). This is a reconstruction of failing asphalt pavement. No new land coverage is associated with this project. The project is located abeam the north hangars as depicted in the blue and orange areas. The North General Aviation Ramp will close for the winter season as it did last year due to lack of aeronautical demand on November 1, 2020. The North General Aviation Ramp will remain closed until reconstructed in Summer 2021. The North General Aviation Ramp is available for Emergency Response Fire-Fighting Helicopters until reconstruction is completed.
This project will improve storm water quality which is the goal the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the City.
The General Aviation ramp north of the access road leading the AOA Access Gate V2 will be closed during construction. Low profile lighted barricades will be in place and a NOTAM issued.
North General Aviation Ramp Closed All Year.
The very north portion of the general aviation apron is closed until the pavement can be reconstructed. Pavement is in such a poor condition that aircraft should not park there. Low profile barricades are in place to notify pilots of the closed areas.
Summer 2021 South Hangar Taxi Lane Rehabilitation
The City of South Lake Tahoe completed construction on 48 hangars and 4 storage pods in 1995 at the expense of $1,855,000 using a Caltrans Airport Revenue Generating Loan. The loan was paid off during 2013-2014 fiscal year. The pavement that serviced the hangars was constructed in 1994. As constructed, the asphalt taxilanes had an estimated engineering useful life of 15 years without rehabilitation. The pavement is now 26 years old and never received any pavement reconditioning, rehabilitation or reconstruction during its engineered lifecycle. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded Airport Pavement Maintenance Management Report was completed by Brandley Engineering in 2017. Included in the pavement report was an assessment of the airport hangar taxi lanes. ASTM D5340, Standard Test Method for Airport Pavement Condition Index Surveys was used in calculating the condition of the south hangar pavement condition index (PCI). The PCI score in 2017 was 23 out 100 showing the pavement in “very poor” condition.
The Airport proposes to remove the top 3 inches of the taxi lanes will be milled and the asphalt surface restored. Millings will be recycled into new asphalt pavement being overlaid in this rehabilitation project minimizing vehicle road trips in/out of Tahoe Basin. Reconstruction will not increase the length or width of the taxi lanes, nor increase impermeable surfaces on the airport or alter drainage patterns. This is strictly a rehabilitation of existing pavement that was approved by TRPA in 1995.
Project Grading Actions:
- Milling off 3” of asphalt
- Replace and recompact soft spots in subgrade (if found)
- Reshape base course prior to overlay
- Replace 3” of asphalt
- Replace drainage structure with concrete structure and new drainage grates
- Temporary and final cost of paint on taxi lanes.
On April 28, 2020, City Council directed City Staff to apply for a Caltrans Airport Development Loan to finance 100% of the cost of the hangar taxi lane rehabilitation projects over a ten-year financing term. The Airport Engineer, Jviation, Inc., estimates this project will cost $579,211. This includes $35,000 in project contingency costs. The project will be designed in the remainder of 2020 and bid in early winter 2021. Due to the cost of this project, this is a formal public works project with formal bid and subject to prevailing wages. Construction must occur May 1 – October 1 due to TRPA regulations regarding grading. There will be phased impacts to tenant’s ability to access their individual hangars during pavement construction work. The impacts are unavoidable due to the hangar layout design and project need.
Airport Management will provide regular updates to project construction schedule and when impacts are to occur so that tenants can store their aircraft on the General Aviation ramp during the period of construction impacts to avoid their aircraft being blocked from accessing other areas of the airport.