UPDATE: The main runway at Paine Field reopened as scheduled just ahead of 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8. (Earlier story below.)
The main runway at Paine Field is scheduled to close for seven days in October to allow for repairs after recent maintenance by an outside contractor failed to produce expected results.
The repair work had been scheduled to start in late August but a labor dispute between the companies hired for the project and the union representing workers forced rescheduling for early September. After the dispute was resolved, the project was reset for early October.
Runway 16R/34L closed at 7 p.m. on Monday Oct. 1 and is scheduled to reopen at 7 p.m. on Monday Oct. 8.
Crews plan to create a new runway surface by milling down and overlaying a strip running up much of the 9,010-foot runway’s centerline. The newly paved area would be 65 feet wide and about 8,000 feet long under the latest plans. Work also will focus on sealing seams and repainting markings. The work should insure the runway is ready to support commercial air service and the airport’s aerospace businesses.
The project is necessary because an oil-based fog seal treatment applied to the runway in July is not performing as expected. Since then, there has been an unusual amount of loose material on the runway and surface friction numbers intermittently have fallen below acceptable levels.
Paine Field Airport is owned and operated by Snohomish County.