Progress on the Vault and Gates project continues with quite a lot of work accomplished since my last report. Crews have placed the conduit and pull boxes in preparation for tying in to the existing lighting circuit, set the new electrical vault building on its pad, replaced all vehicle gates, replaced all gate controllers and some card readers, set the concrete pads for the new Airport Circle Drive streetlights and have wiring in place for all gates and lights. Unfortunately, we’ve run into some difficulty with some of the card readers and keypads not being compatible with the cards that are issued. We’re working with the contractors and engineers to resolve this problem, but it may require changing some related hardware and software which will take some time. In the meantime, we are working to make sure all the gates are operational. (some that had card readers may have a keypad. The code is the same as the other codes around the airport). If you run into problems please call me and we’ll make sure you have access to the airport.
Next week we will be paving the sidewalk around the new vault building, removing the temporary gravel at the gates and replacing it with asphalt, repairing the asphalt at the helipad gate, continuing with card reader and controller replacement and site clean-up.
We also received some news that the emergency lighting generator is on backorder and may not be delivered until December. We are working through these difficulties and are confident the end result will be worthwhile. I appreciate your patience during this construction and ask for your continued patience as we move forward. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please call me.
David M. Ryan,
Airport Manager Friday Harbor Airport
P.O. Box 889
Friday Harbor, WA 98250