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September 20, 2013

Runway extension could mean less passenger pain

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The first phase was budgeted for $5.2 million; the total bill will come in about $1 million less than that. Unspent grant funds will roll over into phase two, Klein said.

Klein said airlines were advised a year in advance of the project so they could adjust flight schedules to accommodate the construction.

“Even though the overall goal was to lengthen the runway, we had to shorten the runway first,” he said. “So we had to keep everybody safe — big trucks and airplanes don’t mix.”

The airport paid for phase one with federal airport improvement entitlement funds earned through ticket taxes.

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