No need to worry any more! As many of you know I’m a pilot and I have the honor of serving on City of Clinton’s Airport Board. The City is taking advantage of federal funding to expand its airport to allow larger planes to take off and land. The benefits of being able to accommodate larger aircraft will result in more economic development opportunities for the region. Below is a copy of a press release that recently appeared in the local paper.
Airport’s Milestone Project Offers Economic Growth Opportunities
Longer runway enables more corporate jets to use Clinton Memorial
CLINTON — July 30, 2012 — A new and longer runway at Clinton Memorial Airport will allow larger corporate jets to utilize the airfield, bringing with them business and growth opportunities.
The airport is making steady progress building its new concrete runway, which began in October 2011.
Runway 18/36 will be 1,000 feet longer and 15 feet wider than the existing runway. The project is on schedule and is expected to be complete in early 2013.
“This is a milestone project for Clinton Memorial Airport,” said Clinton Airport Association board member Chris Walker. “Our new runway will better serve business jet traffic, which will encourage corporations to bring more jobs to Clinton and promote economic growth.”
Runway 4/22 is 4,001 feet long and 60 feet wide, and due to aircraft insurance requirements, the asphalt runway is too small to serve typical-size corporate jets. Runway 18/36 will be 5,000 feet long and 75 feet wide, with the potential to expand in the future to 5,500 feet long and 100 feet wide.
“It’s exciting to see the runway taking shape,” said Craig Thompson, City of Clinton Airport Board member and 2012 Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce president. “The new runway will help attract both pilots and businesses. As a doorway to our community, the airport is a vital partner in serving the businesses and residents of Clinton and the Truman Lake region. We’re proud of the progress taking place at the airport.”
Construction crews are currently excavating for the north end of Runway 18/36 and a connecting taxiway. Drainage structures are also being installed. To date, construction crews have completed 363,000 cubic yards of earthwork, relocated County Road SE 100, installed drainage structures, cleared and grubbed airfield obstructions and excavated nearly 8,200 cubic yards of rock.
Upcoming airfield work includes grading the runway safety area, paving more than 48,000 square yards of 7-inch-thick concrete for Runway 18/36 and Taxiway B, installing fencing, constructing a new electrical vault, and installing lighting and the navigational aid system.
“The new runway will have vertically guided approaches,” said Project Manager Keith Tencleve with Garver, the company providing construction observation and administration. “These approaches will give business travelers the ability to safely use the airport during marginal visibility conditions. And because the approaches won’t require any land-based equipment, Clinton’s future maintenance costs will be minimized.”
You can “Click” on an image below to view some of the progress.