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Navy's First Recovery Act Project in Hawaii Completed Early

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100401-13
Release Date: 4/1/2010 2:42:00 PM

By Thomas Obungen, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The official turnover of repaired runways at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii, March 23 marks the completion of the first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded project awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii.

"The extensive work completed on the airfield has ensured that PMRF will remain mission ready for the next 25 years," said Capt. Aaron Cudnohufsky, commanding officer, PMRF Kauai. "This project was extremely successful, representing a great partnership between the contractor, NAVFAC Hawaii and PMRF to complete the project ahead of schedule and within budget."

NAVFAC Hawaii awarded the $20.7 million contract to Bulltrack-Watts construction, a joint-venture based in Marysville, Calif., to cut into the existing runway and taxiway as deep as four feet and then resurface it with new asphalt concrete pavement. The project also called for the sealing of existing cracks and restriping of the runway with retro reflective white paint.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed April 4; however, some sections like the tower parking apron and runway were turned over as soon as they became operational in late January 2010 and early February 2010. Final acceptance by PMRF was made March 23.

"This project is a perfect example of how the stimulus program is supposed to work," said Vincent Fragomene, construction manager, Bulltrack-Watts JV. "We were able to provide a source of revenue for many local businesses on Kauai, as well as provide an opportunity for many local construction tradesmen to work during these trying economic times."

Four local companies were subcontracted to complete the job, three of which were from Honolulu and one from Lihue. Grace Pacific Corporation provided two crews for repaving; Henry Asato Painting provided a painting crew; and A.M.F Surveying sent out a assessment team. Kauai-based Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring had a team to saw-cut and cold mill plane the deteriorating runway.

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