Airport project resumes with new contractor on board

JACKSON — Work has resumed on a runway at Mississippi’s busiest passenger airport after a dispute with the contractor brought construction to a standstill last year.

The project to remove bad clay and repave one of two runways at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport stalled over a disagreement about the quality of the asphalt being put down.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority found its contractor, Rifenburg Construction Inc. of Durham, N.C., in default last November. The project was at a standstill while the airport sought new bids.

Airport CEO Dirk Vanderleest says APAC-Mississippi Inc. got the contract to finish the job for about $9.5 million. They were cleared to work Oct. 1.

Vanderleest is hopeful the job will be done in March, nearly two years after it was supposed to be finished.

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