Last Weekend For Airport Runway Project - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Last Weekend For Airport Runway Project

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BILLINGS -

The skies over the Magic City will be busier next weekend, as the reconstruction of Logan Airport wraps up this coming weekend.

The airport closed its main runway to all traffic for six weekends this summer, so that workers can work on a runway rehabilitation project. Airport officials chose that option over closing the runway for up to three weeks, non-stop.

Airport officials say they will focus on some electrical work this weekend, and plan to wrap up the entire project by Sunday.

"It's obviously been an inconvenience for the community, having the weekends shut down like that," said Kevin Ploehn with the airport. "It's one of those maintenance things that you have to do every 15, 20 years, and we're glad we won't have to do that again for another 15, 20 years."

After the project concludes, Ploehn says parts of the runway will still need to be painted over. The needed rehabilitation project has had a negative impact on local businesses, according to officials with the Billings Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There are plans in the city's draft Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to widen and extend another runway at the airport, which could keep the airport open when another maintenance project starts on the main runway.