Lack of funding delays Augusta airport upgrade

Posted June 16, 2011, at 9:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Plans to close a runway at Maine’s Augusta State Airport are being delayed because the federal funding for an improvement project has not come through.

Airport officials still hope some of the money will become available so portions of the $7.5 million federally mandated safety project can begin this construction season.

But Airport Manager John Guimond said any work taking place this summer will not include reconstruction of the 5,100-foot main runway, as had been planned.

The runway reconstruction would require it to be shut down for 45 to 60 days.

The Kennebec Journal says the closure would prevent Cape Air from serving Augusta because its planes need more runway space than the airport’s secondary, 2,700-foot runway provides.