While much has changed for Winnipeg Airports Authority over the past 16 months, one thing remains the same – the need to invest in critical infrastructure.
Since the beginning of June, construction crews have been working on the far west side of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport campus to rehabilitate Taxiway G. The nearly kilometre-long stretch is primarily used by aircraft to access one of the two runways on the airfield from hangars in the area. The taxiway was initially built in 1977 and despite receiving a series of improvements over the last 15 years, it was scheduled for a complete overhaul.
The entire 280,000-square-foot taxiway is being demolished so all of the pavement can be replaced. Two new approaches are also being constructed to allow for future development of partner spaces. More than 195,000 square feet of concrete will be poured as part of the project – in other words, roughly 800 truckloads worth.
The work on Taxiway G is expected to take roughly three months to complete with roughly 40 workers on site each day. To maintain the 24/7 operation of the airfield, construction is being completed to provide ongoing access to hangars.
The rehabilitation is one of several projects scheduled to take place at YWG throughout the year. Another major undertaking is the demolition of the Air Canada Cargo building on the opposite end of the airport campus to make room for a new Multi-Tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility. The 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure, which is being funded in part by a $30-million investment from the federal government under the National Trade Corridors Fund, will help support the quick movement of goods by placing cargo partners just feet from where freight planes park.
Since 1997, WAA has invested more than $1 billion into developing the airport campus. This commitment has allowed the organization to enhance operational efficiency, security and safety, provide the many partners who operate out of YWG with excellent facilities as well as develop new revenue streams. The projects slated for 2021 will make for another busy year for critical infrastructure development, positioning the airport to further serve the community for years to come.