Crookston Airport - Multiple Improvement Projects

Crookston, MN

WSN has designed multiple improvement projects for the Crookston Airport throughout the past 40 years, including the following:

Runway Improvements

This project involved complete reconstruction of the 3,500-foot runway with extensions on both ends for a total present length of 4,300 feet, and included a parallel taxiway and paving the entrance/exit road and auto parking lot. A new lighting system included Medium Intensity Runway Lighting (MIRL), taxiway reflectors, PAPI, and Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs) on both ends. This project was completed with 90% federal cost participation. WSN teamed with TKDA on the project.

2012 Airport Improvements

Rather than costly reconstruction, WSN proposed reclaiming the existing bituminous pavement and aggregate base by pulverizing and recompacting in-place, then placing new hot-mix pavement on the reclaimed base material. The entire runway 13-31, parallel taxiway, and apron were rehabilitated in this manner. By reclaiming rather than overlaying, we reduced the possibility of underlying cracks reflecting through to the new surface.

11-Unit T-Hangar

This hangar needed to accommodate a pre-WWII Beechcraft 18 plane which was being restored by the hangar tenant. Through careful planning, the stalls nest together economically and the tail sections center on each door opening. The hangar has electric resistance heat cable in the concrete floor under the doors. Each stall has its own timer control to melt the ice under the door and free it from the slab before opening. It also prevents ice dams from building up and blocking roof runoff from the apron.

Airport Layout Plan

WSN completed a new ALP for the Crookston Airport. Growth at Crookston has been carefully planned to accommodate land acquisition for the 4,300-foot main runway and also for interim stage development to 5,000 feet. Extension out to the ultimate runway length of 5,600 feet requires relocation of a township road and purchase of easement property to meet state and federal requirements for controlling land development in Runway Protection Zones (formerly Clear Zones).