Fall 2020 Update & Crews on Site October 12th


Field surveyors recently completed a successful 2.5-month topographic surveying season while practicing safe, physical distancing from both Villages. The geotechnical field work has been postponed to 2021. As a result, our team will be contacting select property owners this fall and winter to extend the revocable use permits. Data collected during the topographic survey as well as the geotechnical field work is critical in helping us move forward the design of the new airport and airport access road.

DOT&PF and R&M staff will be on site next week, beginning October 12th, to inspect and review proposed locations for preliminary geotechnical test holes.

If you have questions about the field work completed or the status of the project, please contact a member of the project team.



Topographic Survey Mid-June to August


A R&M survey crew will be conducting a topographic survey of the area to support the Nanwalek-Port Graham Airport Relocation project beginning mid-June 2020 and lasting through August 2020.

To mitigate the concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have chartered a boat that will serve as a mobile “camp” for the duration of the field work. The R&M survey crew will be aboard the Rainbow Connection (pictured left). The boat will be anchored off shore, mainly near Port Graham. To expedite work, we may move the boat along the coast for better access to the work site. The crew will be shuttled daily from the boat to shore and back. Our intention is to work autonomously and maintain separation from both villages, to the maximum extent possible.

We look forward to a successful field season and will do everything in our power to protect the health and well-being of the community and our personnel. Please contact a member of the project team if you have any questions or comments.