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Airport upgrades scheduled

Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport plans to launch two improvement projects this summer.

Members of the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority received updates Tuesday on two major projects: aviation-related electrical upgrades and the first phase of a four-part plan to modernize the airport terminal.

Authority members voted to award a $996,907.50 bid for runway lighting and electrical upgrades to F&W Electrical Contractors Inc. of Floresville, Texas.

Airport Manager Barbara McNally said earlier this year that Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds would finance aviation-related electrical upgrades that were expected to include runway lights, a new internally lit wind sock and a new beacon. Work is expected to begin in July on those upgrades, which also will include installation of LED signs and runway-end identification lights and modification of remaining sign lights.

McNally said the work will resolve issues stemming from the age of the runway lighting system and its configuration. The existing lighting system is wired to two transformers  one controlling the south half of the runway and the other controlling the north half  and taxiway lights on the south end have bare wiring. The construction contract will include work to attach lights to each transformer, meaning that if one transformer goes down, there still will be lights along the entire runway (unlike now).

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