Planning is under way for a $35.2 million rehabilitation of a taxiway at University Park Airport.
Penn State's Board of Trustees will vote at its meeting on Friday on the appointment of Mead & Hunt, of Middleton, Wisc., as architect for the project.
According to the board agenda, the pavement on taxiway A has exceeded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 20-year service life. The project will "replace the pavement, remove direct access to the runway from aprons, increase the size of the hold-bays,and widen fillets and shoulders to meet current FAA design standards and better accommodate larger aircraft."
It also includes storm sewer upgrades and removal of an abandoned cross-wind runway.
Funding will come from the FAA, the PennDOT Aviation Development Program and the Passenger Facility Charge.
The project may be phased over several years depending on the availability of federal funding, but the entirety will be designed at once so that the airport can compete for FAA Airport Improvement Program discretionary grants.
Another board approval will be required for final plans and project costs.
The taxiway rehabilitation will add another improvement to an airport that has seen steady growth in passengers and commercial flights.
Planning has begun for a $9 million project that will help address that growth with a new, longer public access road to the airport terminal, added parking, a bus terminal and a new stormwater management facility.
That project is being funded by a $2.2 million by a grant from the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund and a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank.
University Park Airport boards more than 140,000 passengers annually and offers direct flights Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, and Chicago. Since December 2017, University Park has been an all-jet airport.