Taxiway gets $1.2 million facelift |

Taxiway gets $1.2 million facelift

by Christy Chalmers, Record-Courier staff writer

Minden-Tahoe Airport’s main taxiway is getting a $1.2 million facelift.

Granite Construction Co. will be replacing the 7,000-foot-long taxiway, which handles most of the airport’s traffic. Also planned are construction of taxi lanes, drainage improvements and security fencing and gates.

Douglas County Operations Manager Jim Braswell said the work is past due.

“It’s badly needed. The last time it was done was in 1986,” he said, referring to the overhaul of the taxi way. “It’s going to a cause a little disruption on the airport, but we have been working with the tenants and the leaseholders to make sure we have alternatives for them.”

The work shouldn’t mean changes in flight patterns, so residents in the areas surrounding the airport shouldn’t notice any differences, he said.

The contract totals more than $1.2 million. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying just over $1 million, with Douglas County adding $70,836, or 6.25 percent of the total.

Braswell said the work will probably take 45 days.