Runway 03-21 Rehabilitation Project


Scottsdale Airport's Runway & Taxiways are Closed

The airport will be fully closed to aircraft operations (aside from helicopters operating from the ramp) for an anticipated 45 days for the Runway Rehabilitation Project.

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Project Summary

Scottsdale Airport has one runway designated as 03-21. The airport was founded in 1942 and acquired by the City of Scottsdale in 1966. There were over 195,800 operations in 2020. It’s considered one of the busiest single runway general aviation airports in the nation, and a top corporate jet facility.

The runway was built in three phases over the years to its current length of 8,249’ and 100’ wide.

  • 1967 – Runway 3-21 was originally constructed at 4,800’
  • 1982 – Runway was extended 3,449’ to the northeast
  • 2000 – Runway widened to 100’ wide

Since its original construction, the runway has not undergone any major rehabilitation. The city has maximized the useful life of the existing runway, but it’s now time. The runway is in critical need of rehabilitation to ensure the infrastructure is maintained in excellent condition to best serve the based and visiting aircraft customers flying single and multi-engine piston, turboprop, and business jets.

The airport’s operations range from single engine aircraft to midsize to large business jets, with occasional operations from business jets over 75,000 pounds, such as Gulfstream G-650 and Bombardier Global 5000. The airport can accept aircraft weighing up to 75,000 (or 100,000 lbs. with prior permission request).

Project Description

This project will solely rehabilitate the existing runway. It will not increase its size or weight capacity. The rehabilitation project includes:

  • Rehabilitating Runway 03-21 with a 2-4” mill and 2-5” overlay depending on section,
  • Rehabilitate the associated connector taxiways,
  • Reconstruction of shoulders and blast pads,
  • Electrical modifications,
  • Reconstruction of the airport’s perimeter road, and
  • New pavement markings

Project Schedule

Design and Engineering Phase

  • Oct. 2020 -- 30% Design Review
  • Dec. 2020 -- 60% Design Review
  • Mar. 2021 -- 100% Design Completion

Bidding Phase

  • April 2021 - GMP Submittal for FAA/ADOT Review and Approval

Construction Phases

Phase 1

  • Start July 6, 2021 – End Mid-August
    Runway 3-21 Rehabilitation – Runway 3-21 and Taxiway A and Taxiway B Closed 24/7

Phase 2

  • Start Mid-August – End of August
    Service Road Repair (North and South Haul Routes – North first then South) – No Runway or Taxiway Closures

Phase 3

  • Start Late September – End of September 2021 (three night closures)
    Final Striping and Punch List - Nightly Runway 3-21 and Taxiway A and Taxiway B Closures (9 p.m. - 6 a.m.)

The project team will take advantage of the slower operational period to entirely close the runway to conduct work round the clock with an accelerated schedule. The goal is less than 45 days.

Mead & Hunt will require special provisions of Banicki Construction, like working double shifts, planning for standby equipment in case of equipment breakdowns, multiple paver crews and any other ways to maximize efficiency.

With proper planning, seamless coordination and teamwork the project will be undertaken with the goal of completing it in the quickest amount of time possible.

Project Plan



The $11 million project will be funded by a combination of funds.


Project Information

Runway 03-21

Cost: $11 million

Funding Source: FAA & ADOT Grants, and City Funds


July 6, 2021 - Aug. 2021
Runway & Taxiways Closed

Contact Information

Sarah Ferrara, Aviation Planning & Outreach Coordinator
P: 480-312-8482


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