Sterling gets $21M airport contract

A $21 million runway paving project at Lanai Airport has been awarded to a Sterling Construction Co. subsidiary by the state Department of Transportation Airports Division, the Texas-based company announced Wednesday.

The project by subsidiary Road and Highway Builders involves 40,000 tons of asphalt paving on the runway. The company also will construct four concrete helicopter aprons, the company news release said.

Work is expected to begin in the fourth quarter with a six-month construction period.

As the only airport serving Lanai, the majority of RHB’s work will be done at night in order for the runway to remain open for travelers.

RHB will have to relocate a portable asphalt plant because there are no asphalt or aggregate plants on the island, making the job “unique in nature,” said Joe Cutillo, Sterling’s CEO.

“While RHB has developed a strong reputation through traditional heavy highway work, their local market knowledge combined with other Sterling subsidiary expertise in airfield construction is indicative of our overall growth plan,” he said.