Work could finally begin in
September on expansion and reconstruction of
the Hartford Municipal Airport runway. City
officials have been working for nearly 15
years to gain state and federal approvals to
move ahead with the work.
City Administrator Steve
Volkert said in a recent memo to other city
officials that he received a tentative
timeline of events that should take place
soon from Paul Strege, of Mead and Hunt, who
has been working on the engineering for the
project on the city’s behalf.
“Bid opening is scheduled for
July 20,” Volkert said. “The contract will
be awarded in mid-August to early September.
At that point the FAA provides a
discretionary grant for the project.”
Volkert said he was told
those funds are not typically issued until
very late in the federal fiscal year. A
notice to proceed (NTP) will then be issued
after the contract is awarded.
Construction could start as
soon as 10 days after the NTP has been
issued, which could be early to
An unidentified airplane is covered near a small patch
of dandelions Thursday morning at the Hartford Municipal
Airport in the town of Hartford. Bids for the expansion
project at the airport are expected to begin being
accepted in July.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Dave Montesinos, project
manager for the Wisconsin Bureau of
Aeronautics and who’s been assisting the
city, said officials are wrapping up all the
environmental and land purchasing issues.
“We plan as early as
September possibly, but more likely October,
that we’ll have a contractor out and they
will start work on the east end of the new
runway,” Montesinos said. The project, he
said, will be done in phases.
“We’re going to the the east
side first which will not affect airport
operations at all and we’re going to get
that done with the first round of money we
get,” Montesinos said. “Then next year when
we get our second round of money we will do
the next phase which entail closing down the
runway and disrupting airport operations.”
Montesinos said those
involved expect to have the entire project
completed by the fall of 2018.
“Some of it could go into
2019, but the bulk of it should be done in
2018,” he said.
Montesinos said those
involved in the land purchases seem to be
getting close to finalizing that work.
“It sounds like some people
are willing and some are not so sure,” he
said. “Dianne Danielson is in charge of land
purchases and issues.”
Danielson said negotiations
are ongoing for purchasing about 68 acres
needed for the project.
Officials said earlier that
land will need to be bought from adjacent
property owners John and Laura Novak, Paul
and Dana Osmanski, and Marie Rettler and
Officials had hoped to have
the project completed at the latest by the
end of last summer so it would be ready for
visitors who will travel to the area in June
for the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Erin
Besides the runway
realignment and extension project, the plan
calls for reconstruction of the runway apron
in 2019, installing a weather-reporting
system in 2020 and construction of a
terminal building in 2021.
Because of the the lengthy
delay in getting the project started, the
state and the city together have spent about
$34,000 on repairs that would tide the
airport runway over until the runway
extension and renovation project takes