Runway 03-21 Rehabilitation Project


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 186,000 operations in 2019. 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 Plan


The $12 million project will be funded by a combination of funds. The Federal Aviation Administration is covering 90 percent of the runway project’s costs, with the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona Department of Transportation splitting the remaining 10 percent equally.

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 Phase
July 2021 - Start Construction
End of July/ Mid-Aug -- Anticipated Final Inspection and Completion
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 Information

Runway 03-21

Cost: $12 million

Funding Source: FAA & ADOT Grants, and City Funds

Construction: July- Aug. 2021
Runway & Taxiways Closed

Contact Information

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


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