JACKSON COUNTY - The Jackson County Commission accepted bids for the Jackson County Airport’s upcoming Apron Rehabilitation Project at the July 20th County Commission Meeting. Bids were received from Kelly Paving, from Marietta, Ohio, and Grae-con Construction from Marietta, Ohio. The bidders submitted bids for several alternate and additive work items that will be utilized to maximize the federal grant share that the FAA will award to Jackson County Airport’s apron project. 

Grae-con Construction submitted a bid price of $613,082. Kelly Paving, submitted a bid price of $1,025,095. The Engineer, NGC Corporation, evaluated both bid proposals and recommended that the Jackson County Commission accept the bids, and submit a grant application request to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) through the Airport Improvements Program (AIP). The Airport Improvement Program provides grant funding to public-use airports that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). 

Jackson County Airport is one of nearly 3,300 airport facilities that the FAA has identified as significant to the nation’s air transportation infrastructure. 

The FAA rates each airport’s project needs and determines project priority and grant award based on each airport’s facility improvement needs and the funds available each year. The AIP grants are funded through the “Airport and Airway Trust Fund,” which collects revenue from airport user fees, aviation fuel taxes, and other aviation revenue sources. 

The Apron Rehabilitation project includes the removal of 67,725 square feet of existing asphalt apron and installation of new aggregate subbase, asphalt, trench drains, pavement markings, aircraft tie-downs, and shoulder restoration. This project will rehabilitate the airport’s oldest pavement section which was last rehabilitated over 24 years ago. 

 The total project costs, including construction, engineering, and testing, have been estimated at $734,658. The FAA grant will provide 90%, of the funding needed to complete the project for a total of $661,192. 

 An additional amount of $36,732 will be provided from the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Section and the Jackson County Commission will assist with the balance. 

 The State grant funds are derived from taxes on aviation fuel. 

Grae-Con will be performing the removal of the existing pavement section, installation of new trench drains and necessary grading. Grae-Con has identified West Virginia Paving for completion of the new asphalt pavement.