Sechelt, BC – Funding has been approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Sunshine Coast Regional Aerodrome Resurfacing and Runway Extension Project. The runway extension of 700 feet will allow larger aircraft to land, including the King Air 100/200 and the Beech 1900, and resurfacing will significantly improve safety.
The project is scheduled to start on Monday, March 22nd, 2021 and will be completed by mid July 2021. The majority of the work will be on site and will have no impact on nearby residences and businesses. Hours of work will be 7:00am until 7:00pm during Monday to Saturday. The aerodrome will remain open during most of the construction. Closures will be posted on the District’s website.
The aerodrome infrastructure, last up-dated in 1976, has reached the end of its life cycle. Replacement of the runway surface is an immediate priority for the Sunshine Coast Regional Aerodrome.
The Aerodrome Runway Resurfacing and Extension project was first introduced to Council at the February 6, 2019 Regular Council Meeting. Council supported the decision to proceed with a grant application to the BC Air Access Program for the project. The grant required that 25% matching funds for the project be provided by another source. On May 30, 2019, the District received approval for the $1,040,585 representing 75% of the overall project cost. At the June 19, 2019 Council resolved that the District’s portion of $346,865 be funded from the Gas Tax Reserve.
In August 2019, the project started with the District awarding the contract for engineering services for design and construction to Associated Engineering (B.C.) Ltd. The consultant determined that the scope of the project needed to be significantly increased due to the amount of earthworks required to bring the runway, taxiway and apron up to present day standards. The new project cost increased to $3,184,937. The District applied for an increase in the BC Air Access Program Grant in December 2019 and received approval March 19, 2021. Council authorized the District’s portion of matching funds to be drawn from 2019 and 2020 gas tax reserves in the amount of $796,234.
Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers stated, “We are thrilled to be able to get this project off the ground and so thankful for the BC Air Access Program . I truly hope we see positive impacts for our business community and tourism, in addition to improving access to emergency medical transportation.”
Director of Engineering and Operations Kirn Dhillon said, “We are pleased to be able to move forward with this project. These improvements address critical safety requirements, and at the same time increase the types of planes that can land.”
For more information on this project, visit sechelt.ca/Live/Transportation/Airport