Bids for Leesville airport improvements opened, action tabled

LEESVILLE -- Bids were opened and then tabled Monday for some revamps to the Leesville Municipal Airport.

Bid totals for north runway safety area improvements came in above project. Even the lowest bid submitted was above the project's estimated cost, officials said.

The lowest bid totaled $676,374; and the highest bid was $1,041,710.

City officials said Pan American Engineers, of Alexandria, the project's engineer, will need more time to assess their next step.

The improvements are state and federally funded, according to Kyle Randall, of Pan American. He said the project was "a big dirt work project" that involves shaving down a hill.

"It would open the airport up to a lot," he said.

According to a public notice, the project includes, "clearing, grubbing, earthwork, drainage improvements, security fencing and erosion control north of the existing runway to reduce obstacles and enhance line of sight at the airport."
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