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Morgantown airport runway extension project shows progress

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Aviation in North Central West Virginia took a financial hit over the last year due to the pandemic, but both airports are already finding ways to improve their operations.

The Morgantown Municipal Airport is expanding its runway to the length of nearly 21 football fields. It is expected to benefit the community as well.

The 10 year project costs almost $6 million dollars.

“Today they are actually finishing up one of the sedimentation ponds, but we also started blasting today as well,” said Airport Director Jonathon Vrabel.

The blasting operations will instead create space that will help the aircrafts using the airport.

Vrabel continues, “we are extending the runway here 1,001 feet, for a total length of 6200 feet. That will help provide a greater safety margin for aircraft currently operating here, and for the corporate tenants that are using the airport, they can use a little bit of a larger aircraft to still do business in town.”

The runway extension will also benefit more than aviation in Monongalia County.

“It allows for the community to economically develop and grow. The more business we bring in at the airport, the more it helps the community. Airports are vital to a community to help them expand, so it will attack businesses that may be thinking of a location to go to,” said Vrabel.

The airport director says that the project should be completed by 2025, but that also depends on funding availability. You can also keep up with the progress of the runway here.

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