Low bidder for airport work comes in at $922K

The Fulton County Airport on Route 67, with the Terminal Building on the left and Enterprise Building on right, is seen Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — An Albany construction firm was the low bidder Wednesday at over $922,000 for a Fulton County Airport runway project that doesn’t have a start date yet.

County Planning Director Scott Henze said Thursday that Rifenburg Construction had the low bid of the two received, coming in at $922,372. The bid is for a planned Runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project at the Route 67 aviation facility.

Like most airport projects, much of the funding will be provided through the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA typically pays 90 percent of the cost, with Fulton County and the state Department of Transportation each kicking in 5 percent shares.

“It won’t start before September,” Henze said of the project.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is due to award Rifenburg’s bid at its May 13 meeting. The county’s 2019 Capital Plan includes the project. The county already submitted a pre-application to the FAA seeking non-primary entitlement funding, as well as discretionary funding for the project. Fulton County’s local share for the project was estimated at about $50,000.

Henze said Rifenburg’s bid was the lower of two bids received — the other being Callanan Industries of Albany — $944,971.

“I think the bids came in higher than the original estimate,” Henze said.

The Runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project at the county airport involves new facing for the runway and realigning the taxiway to the runway, Henze said.

Henze said he’s not sure of a start date for the project, dependent on federal dollars.

“This is one of those quirky FAA things,” he said.

Fulton County is also poised to start another big project next week at the airport, Henze noted. That is a roughly $835,000 runway taxiway lighting and perimeter fencing project.

Contractor Baseline King Corp. of Barneveld was the low bidder at $719,607 in May 2018 for that project. An application with the FAA identified costs for the project that included construction in that amount, and project inspection at $97,000.

At the conclusion of the runway taxiway lighting and perimeter fencing project, there will be a flight check of the airport’s new lighting and instrument systems. Based on new sightings criteria for the Precision Approach Path Indicator at the airport, additional trees at the Runway 10 end of the Route 67 airport may need to be removed as part of the project.

Henze says county consultant Passero Associates has been communicating with the FAA regarding the trees issue.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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