The City of Artesia authorized Parkhill, Smith & Cooper to investigate the proposed Runway 12/30 pavement structure and to determine the scope of improvements necessary to rehabilitate the almost 70-year-old pavement. The initial project scope defined in the ATS Capital Improvements Plan, included:

  • Reconstruction/Rehabilitation of Runway 12/30.
  • Reduction of Runway Width from 150 feet to 100 feet.
  • Relocation of Runway 30 Threshold 740 feet to southeast per Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to ultimate runway length of 6,130 feet.
  • Replacement of Runway 12/30 Medium Intensity Runway Edge Lights (MIRLs) with LED MIRLs.
  • Replacement of existing Pulse Light Approach Slope Indicator (PLASI) with Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).



A Preliminary Engineering Report evaluated the proposed improvements to help present recommendations on the final scope and implementation of the project. Other specific elements included a visual inspection of the pavement, topographic survey, geotechnical investigation, falling weight deflectometer evaluation, and analysis of the proposed pavement section using the FAA’s FAARFIELD program. With the relocation of the Runway 30 threshold, the project scope also involved an obstruction evaluation and airport airspace analysis in accordance with FAA AC’s 150/5300-16, 17 and 18 and also included renaming the runway from 12-30 to 12-31.

The project was packaged and bid in two phases to align with funding, while maintaining active Runway 3-21.  PSC performed construction administration and provided full-time Resident Project Representative services.  Included in our construction administration services were evaluation of testing and quality, leadership during meetings, review of DBE information and monthly pay applications.  PSC also prepared all weekly, quarterly and final reporting as required under the grant on behalf of the Owner.

One late addition to the project was a new connector taxiway to the runway threshold.  In order to enhance safety, the FAA supported the taxiway as a Phase 3 design and construction project.  PSC quickly mobilized our team to complete the NEPA Categorical Exclusion and Cultural Survey, as well as geotechnical investigation and topographic survey.  Project design and bidding were scheduled and staffed to be completed in an expedited manner, allowing construction of Phase 3 to overlap with Phase 2.