Runway project must get FAA OK

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority was informed Tuesday that even if the runway extension project is finished, pilots won’t be able to use the new section until the Federal Aviation Administration approves the approaches.

Gary Folden, airport authority secretary, said he will attend the Ohio Aviation Association conference in Columbus next week and will attempt to sit down with FAA officials to encourage them to expedite the approval of the approaches so pilots can use the entire 5,000 feet of runway once the extension project is completed.

Construction on the runway extension project is expected to begin in the next several days now that all three contracts for aggregates, electrical and paving work have been signed.

Folden said the runway is scheduled to be closed May 12-31, weather permitting, so the paving and work on the runway lights can be completed.

Folden also said the airport authority discussed other projects totaling about $115,000. He said the property inventory map the FAA is requiring is among the projects. Attorney fees for the airport authority’s negotiations for a new gas and oil lease also is on the list. Folden said buildings to house the snow removal equipment and the fuel truck also have to be constructed.

He said those items will be set aside in the budget.