When the runway at the Kamloops airport was expanded by 2,000 feet to 8,000 feet in 2009, it meant heavier planes could land and take off.
The runway was part of an $18.5-million expansion project at the airport and terminal, and ran overbudget.
So some money was saved by not paving the entire runway, just the new piece.
Almost six years later, the old runway needs resurfacing, airport manager Fred Legace said Monday.
But that’s five more years of use that has been had out of the old runway surface.
At $6 million to overlay the old surface — or $1 million per 1,000 feet — any cost savings add up.
“In actual fact, it was in not bad shape in 2009,” he said, referring to when the additional footage was tacked onto the existing runway. “And we got five more years out of it.”
The resurfacing, which he expects to be done next spring, has some complications because there’s a former riverbed under part of it.
“That’s causing some grief with subsurface. We have to dig down and rebuild the area below,” he said.
So instead of being able to do the resurfacing overnight and not hamper air traffic, the runway might need to be closed for a day or two.
Legace said engineering is being looked at to find a way to do the resurfacing overnight if at all possible.