$2.2 million federal grant going to fix Franklin County State Airport runway

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HIGHGATE — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Transportation for more than $2 million for the reconstruction of the runway at the Franklin County State Airport.

The $2,222,222 grant is part of the FY20 Supplemental Appropriation for the Airport Improvement Program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The funds will enable the AOT to reconstruct and widen the runway.

The current infrastructure has reached its design life and requires reconstruction.

They will rebuild the existing 3000-foot runway and widen it from 60 feet to 75 feet to improve public safety and bring the airport into compliance with current FAA guidelines.

The enhancements will also improve eligibility opportunities for future FAA funding at the airport.

“This federal funding will help tremendously as Vermont continues to modernize its State airports as an integral part of the statewide transportation system and economy,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn.

In recent years, the FAA has upgraded its design guidance for airport configuration and layout.

Since the existing runway was built, FAA requirements and criteria have been updated and continued to evolve.

AOT’s design will focus on incorporating this new technology and improvement strategies.

There are also stricter current criteria for runway approaches and departures regarding tree heights, terrain heights, and building heights.

This project will remove all current obstructions and protect the runway airspace from future obstructions.