RFQs Issued for New $220M Sky Harbor Taxiway

Credit: City of Phoenix

By Tasha Anderson for AZBEX 

The City of Phoenix recently issued two Requests for Qualifications for the design and construction of a new taxiway at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 

The first RFQ is for a consultant team to provide engineering services including assessment, design and possible construction administration service. The second RFQ is for a Construction Manager at Risk to provide preconstruction and full construction services. 

The approximately $220M project, called New Crossfield Taxiway U, “will extend from existing Taxiway D on the south airfield to Taxiway C on the north airfield and will accommodate Group VI aircraft,” according to the RFQ. “In addition to the taxiway, modifications to airfield pavement may be required where Taxiway U meets Taxiway D to provide for an indirect aircraft turning movement at Taxiway D.” 

The project also includes the relocation of the Facilities and Services Complex yard and parking area, modifications to the West Air Cargo area, several roadway modifications and utility relocations. 

The West Air Cargo modifications include the demolition of Cargo Building C, site paving and grading, parking lot modifications, construction of a new Ground Service Equipment storage area northeast of Cargo Building A, and more. 

Roadway modifications include: 

  • Lowering east and westbound lanes at Sky Harbor Boulevard below the new taxiway and shifting lanes south. 
  • Lowering all three lanes at Buckeye Road below the new taxiway along the existing alignment as well as reconstructing and straighten the intersection at Buckeye Road and Sky Harbor Boulevard to improve traffic flow. 
  • Relocating about 1,500 linear feet of roadway at North Airside Service Road just north of sky Harbor Boulevard below to the new taxiway. 

“Roadway modifications assume reconstruction will be done to accommodate Taxiway U and the future Taxiway V to eliminate the need for significant future roadway modifications for the eventual future construction of Taxiway V,” the RFQ states. “The roadways will be crossed with a single continuous bridge structure for each taxiway that accommodates the roadway widths needed as well as space for utility corridors and incident management along the roadway shoulders.” 

Important Information for Interested Firms 

The RFQ states that the New Crossfield Taxiway U will use federal funds and is subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. Submitting firms are required to meet DBE program requirements. 

A virtual pre-submittal meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23rd for both RFQs. All Statements of Qualification are due no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10th. The City of Phoenix plans to notify selected engineering firms for interview on October 18th and selected CMAR firms for interview on October 25th. Interviews for both will take place on November 1st. Scope meetings are proposed for early December 2021. 


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