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Eagle River Union Airport will start runway reconstruction on Monday Submitted: 07/14/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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Eagle River Union Airport will start runway reconstruction on Monday
EAGLE RIVER - The Eagle River Union Airport will see some much needed upgrades in the coming months. Its jet runway, runway 422, is about 40 years old and isn't in the best condition.

The reconstruction project will start on Monday, which means the runway will close for about two months.


Airport Manager Rob Hom says that right now the maintenance cost for the runway is about $20,000 a year. The airport will be paying $30,000 of the $1.5 million cost of the reconstruction project. Ninety percent of the payment will come from the Airport Improvement Program.

"It entails removing the blacktop that's in place right now, grinding it up, regrading it, compacting it, [and] then putting another four inches of asphalt right back on top again," Hom said.

The airport will also get new runway LED lights along the edges. Hom says it's an exciting time for the airport because it was time for the runway to be replaced.

"The pavement is brittle. It's just aged to the point where it doesn't flex anymore, so the cracking is significant," Horn said. "There [are] a couple of places where we've got some pretty wide cracks." 

Hom says that during the reconstruction process of the jet runway, aircraft will have to go to Rhinelander or the Lakeland Airport.

Eagle River's second runway, crosswind, will stay open until August 14. When the intersection is being worked on, the airport will be closed for about four weeks and will re-open in the middle of September.



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