July 11, 2008

Airport PikePass Plan Advances

By D.R. Stewart, Tulsa World, Okla.

Jul. 11--The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust voted Thursday to approve an initial payment to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, solidifying their commitment to automated-pay PikePass parking at Tulsa International Airport next year.

The trustees also accepted $1.8 million in federal grants and awarded contracts for repaving of the perimeter road at Jones Riverside Airport.

The board approved payment of $187,250 to the Turnpike Authority, which will hire HNTB as a consultant to provide PikePass parking program management, design and technical requirements, system integration, quality assurance and testing and documentation training.

The PikePass system will take nine months to install at a cost of $600,000, including $300,000 in hardware, airport executives said. The system will pay for itself in increased revenue in two to four years, they said.

Trustees also accepted a pending Federal Aviation Administration grant of $1.7 million. It will supplement a $1.4 million FAA grant to construct an additional taxilane, roadway and utilities in Tulsa International Airport's new commercial North Development Area, where American Airlines' new $10 million hangar will be built.

The board also accepted a pending FAA

grant of $106,000 to fund construction and project inspection of the perimeter road rehabilitation at Jones Riverside Airport. The FAA earlier gave $47,244 to fund engineering studies and design of the perimeter road.

The board also approved construction and construction management contracts for the perimeter road.

Becco Contractors Inc., which bid $270,240, was the lowest responsible bidder to repave 950 feet of asphalt road along the airport's eastern boundary. The engineer's cost estimate was $231,614.

Cobb Engineers received a $32,011 contract for construction management and materials testing on the perimeter road.

The board also approved final payment of $104,995 to Superior Insulation Inc., which operates the aircraft noise mitigation program at Tulsa International Airport. The board accepted Superior's insulation work on homes south of the airport. The contract was for $2.09 million officials said.

Noise mitigation program contractors have sound insulated or purchased flyover easements of more than 1,000 homes out of nearly 1,700 eligible properties.

D.R. Stewart 581-8451 [email protected]


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