published Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Cleveland to begin airport terminal

This is a conceptual digital image of the proposed terminal for the new Cleveland, Tenn., airport at night.
This is a conceptual digital image of the proposed terminal for the new Cleveland, Tenn., airport at night.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The city will begin its third phase of new airport construction early next year, officials said.

The phase includes the terminal building, hangar area and aprons to the runway.

During a meeting Friday of the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority, Mark Paslick from PDC Consultants told the authority members that he has been advised by people in the industry to hold off taking bids for concrete work until bidding is complete for a large airport project in Memphis.

Bidding for the Memphis project should be done by the first of the year, he said, and the companies not getting that job will be looking for more work, he said. At that point, the Cleveland airport project could receive better bids, he said.

The concrete provider would set up its own production plant on site at the new Cleveland airport and could get a permit for the concrete plant in 45 to 60 days after acceptance of the bid, Paslick said.

The local project is so large, he said, companies from other states will be interested in bidding.

The concrete work could be done by August or September 2012, he said.

That would roughly coincide with a new timeline the Airport Authority received Friday. Subject to changes, construction could be done by October 2012, the new timeline said.

A committee continues to work on design plans for the terminal building, said authority member Lou Patten.

Also on Friday, the Airport Authority held a work session to begin writing a business plan for operating the new airport.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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