Shreveport Regional Airport Completes Phase 1 of Airfield Electrical Rehabilitation

Shreveport Airport Authority (SAA) recently completed Phase 1 of the Airfield Electrical Rehabilitation Project at Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) and is moving forward with the next phase of the three-phase project.

SAA opted to undertake the project after determining that SHV’s airfield lighting was outdated and in need of rehabilitation. With a growing list of commercial flights, SHV approached the rehabilitation project with the demand of high reliability and visual acuity.

The $1.5 million Phase 1 project began in 2015, and focused on upgrading the existing electrical infrastructure serving the airfield to create a more robust airfield infrastructure, while reducing downtime and maintenance costs. Improvements to the airfield include new taxiway edge lights, electrical duct banks, and cabling and transformers for taxiway south centerlines, as well as a replacement fiber optic communication line between the airfield lighting vault and air traffic control tower. This fiber optic cable allows the FAA to control all airfield ground lighting at the airport. SHV’s improved lighting system provides capacity for future airfield expansion and increased air traffic control tower needs.

Burns was the prime engineering consultant and construction manager for Phase 1, and worked closely with SHV and a team of consultants to bring local insight and expertise to this important infrastructure improvement project.  Phase 2 will include the installation of additional duct banks, and replacement of aging cables and transformers. Phase 3 will focus on a total replacement of runway lights.  Burns will be involved in the next two phases of the project as well.

“Burns is proud to support SAA’s commitment to resilience and safety for their passengers,” says Brian Phillips, Vice President and Aviation Group Leader at Burns. “With the completion of the first phase, we are ready to begin the next two phases of this exciting project.”

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