FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Crews have been working every day since March on a $20.1 million dollar project to redo one of the Fort Wayne International Airport’s runways.
The $2.1 million grant was awarded to the airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will be used to help fund phase two of the multi-million dollar project. In Sept. the airport was awarded $12.9 million for phase one.
“This is a very large project,” Executive Director of Airports Scott Hinderman said. “We haven’t undertaken this size of a grant from the federal government in the history of the airport.”
Ninety percent of the project will be funded through federal grants, four percent will come from state funds and the airport will be responsible for six percent of the costs which is about $1.3 million..
Hinderman said the runway has had some repairs over the years, but the base is part of the original built during WWII. Now, the entire thing is being replaced for the first time ever.
“It’s probably been 14 or 15 years ago where it’s been like a small overlay, but there hasn’t been this kind of work done on the airfield to this volume of the cost size of the project ever,” Hinderman said.
As for your summer travel plans, Hinderman said there’s no need to worry.
“Other than seeing a construction zone out there on one runway they won’t see an impact and we still have a 12,000 foot runway available. Everything is able to come in and get out,” Hinderman said.
Phases one and two of the project are expected to be done this fall with phase three starting in Sept. Hinderman said the entire project is expected to be finished before the end of the year.