City of Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Runway 14/32 has had numerous crack repairs completed since its original construction in 1990. The ride quality was so poor a number of aircraft diverted to adjacent airports. Major distresses included block cracking, longitudinal and transverse cracking, patching, raveling, and rutting. Additionally, the runway was only 60 feet wide.
Widening Runway 14/32 to 75 feet allowed for a safer operational environment for pilots, considering the airport does not have a parallel taxiway. In order to maximize the amount of federal funds available, a modification to AIP standards was submitted to use MnDOT specifications for construction. Using MnDOT specifications allows for lower bid prices as contractors are more familiar with the products and bituminous mixture is more readily available.
Construction was recently completed. The amount of federal funding available will allow the airport to also reconstruct the taxiway connector and apron.