A state-funded aid program to assist airports in undertaking pavement preventative maintenance is needed for the following reasons:
· To address stop gap maintenance projects for safety reasons.
· There is limited or no funding available at many smaller airports to address pavement maintenance.
· Pavement preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective means to helping preserve the system's airport pavements. A. Initial Program Funding
The program will be funded by increasing the aviation gas tax by 3 cents in the first year (FY 1999) and 3 cents in the second year (FY 2000), and increasing the jet fuel tax ½ cent in the first year.
Total new revenues are forecast to be $1.9 million in the 1999-2001 biennium and $2.6 million in the 2001-2003 biennium. New revenues will be dedicated to the statewide airport pavement maintenance program.
Airport sponsors receiving program funds will be required to agree to keep the airport open for a minimum of ten years. B. Type of Work to be Funded The program will fund non-Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) eligible pavement preventative maintenance projects, including crack sealing, patching and fog seals. 1. Needs-Based Prioritization Approach
The optimal time to perform pavement maintenance treatments is determined by use of a pavement condition database, which contains most of the state's airports. The maintenance program will prioritize stop gap projects first, and preventative maintenance second. Stop gap projects address immediate needs for patching and filling to address potentially unsafe conditions. Preventative maintenance includes patching and crack sealing for localized repair along with global fog seal treatments. These extend pavement life and are a cost effective type of project.
Airport pavement maintenance projects will be prioritized based on the type of facility. The facility priorities are: primary runway, primary taxiway, secondary runway, primary apron, secondary taxiway, and other secondary facilities. 2. Project Eligibility Criteria
The following criteria will be considered in determining project eligibility and funding the pavement maintenance projects:
· Pavement Condition Index (PCI) data must be compatible with the state's database.
· Project is a technically warranted need based on pavement condition.
· Airport is in the core system of airports identified by the 1999 Oregon Aviation Plan.
· The need is not met through other projects committed in the federal Airport Improvement Program.
· Aggregated project costs must exceed $1,000 at a given airport to warrant mobilization in a particular year.
· Airport sponsor must commit local match for the project.
· The sponsor establish a documented pavement maintenance program.
· The sponsor and/or controlling jurisdiction has established airport overlay zoning in place.