Contract for airport rehab gets approved

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council held a special called meeting Friday morning to approve a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of Covington Municipal Airport.

City Manager Steve Horton said the DOT needed approval before the fiscal year closes at the end of the month.

The work to be done includes rehabilitation of 4,200 feet of runway and an apron, along with relocation of the fuel farm and some grading and paving on the southeast end of the runway.

The contract totals more than $5.4 million, with approximately $2 million to be reimbursed by the Federal Aviation Administration and $2.5 million by the Georgia Department of Transportation, leaving the local contribution at about $884,000.

The contract has been awarded to Pittman Construction of Conyers.

Work should get under way in early August, with the airport to be closed for up to 60 days, according to a representative with airport consultants PBS&J.

The fixed-base operator, Atlanta East Aviation, and owners of planes housed at the airport can still do maintenance work on their aircraft while the project is ongoing, Horton previously told the Citizen.

"Our hope as a city and the Georgia Department of Transportation's hope is to try to speed it along as best we can because 60 days is a long time to close anything," he said.

Horton said most of the local aviation community has been informed of the closure, which was discussed at a recent meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.