Barter Island Airport Relocation

Project Detailsx

Client: North Slope Borough

Location: Barter Island, AK

Year Completed:2017


> Engineering Planning & Design
> Geotechnical Investigation & Design Recommendations
> Environmental Services & Permitting
> Survey & Mapping
> Public Involvement
> Construction Administration
> Material Testing & Inspection


Project Overviewx

In July of 1947, the U.S. Air Force arrived on Barter Island to build a 5,000-foot runway and hangar on a spit of land. Years later, two major storms would highlight the serious nature of flooding at the airport: one storm in 1986 completely submerged the airstrip and another, in 2000, covered over half of the runway with water.

Located on a spit of land in the Arctic Ocean, annual flooding issues continued to be a concern for the airport throughout the 2000s. By 2009, The Federal Aviation Administration had found that it was necessary to relocate the airport.

To assist North Slope Borough with the relocation, HDL studied various alternatives to either improve the existing airport or move it to a new location. Once the decision was made to move the airport to the mainland of Kaktovik, HDL led the planning and design of the new airport. The work included completing a Master Plan, an Environmental Assessment, an Airport Layout Plan, an Engineering Design Report, and the design for this $38 million airport. HDL also provided construction administration services during construction.