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Iowa City airport gets federal funds to extend runway use

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Iowa City Municipal Airport an $87,731 grant Monday to further work on its runway.

“Right now, we have a little over 4,300 feet of landing distance,” Airport Operations Specialist Michael Tharp said. “In inclement weather, it does lessen the usability of the runway.”

Planes are told not to use the easternmost 800 feet of runway at the airport during their landing approach, putting a little more stress on pilots at the airport.

“They have to hit the breaks pretty hard,” Tharp said.

Airport engineers will use this federal grant money to start surveying that first 800 feet in hopes of getting use out of virtually all of the runway.

“I’m hoping to get to the point where those airplanes that may be diverting because of weather conditions or other issues, we can still have them land at Iowa City,” Tharp said.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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