Columbia Regional Airport receives $11 million grant

6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago October 06, 2016 Oct 6, 2016 Thursday, October 06 2016 Thursday, October 06, 2016 10:37:00 AM CDT in News
By: Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Regional Airport announced Thursday it received a $11 million grant for runway improvements. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funding the grant, which will cover 90 percent of the project. 

"Runway 13-31 is original to the airport. It's never been through any improvement process, so it's almost 50 years old now. It's simply not capable of handling the type of aircrafts that are around today," Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp. 

Improvements to runway 13-31 include changing it from asphalt to concrete, lengthening it from 4,400 feet to 5,500 feet, and widening it from 75 feet to 100 feet. The money will also fund the installation of a new taxiway and a new lighting system for the renovated runway.

"We are improving the safety by moving the runway slightly to the south and east, so when planes are down on the south end of the main runway, runway 2-20, they now have a clear line of sight of all traffic that is on 13-31, whereas before that was blocked by some of the hangers and so forth," Sapp said. 

Runway 13-31 is a cross-wind runway, which means the typical air gust blows perpendicular to the runway. However, when the winds changes and travels parallel to runway 13-31, that's when it gets used. 

"The cross-wind runways are important at airports are important because, oftentimes, depending on wind speed, direction, humidity, temperature, air frame and engine size on an aircraft, depending on what direction the wind is out of, they need to line up differently than east, west, north, south," Sapp said.

COU was awarded a different grant from the FAA last year to realign Rangeline Road on the eastern border of the airport. The renovation was completed in August and gave the necessary room for the runway to be extended.

"As we continue to improve our infrastructure, the future of COU as an economic engine and tourism generator will continue to grow," said Stacey Button, Director of Economic Development, in a statement.

Ten percent of the project's cost is not covered by the grant. That portion will be paid for by a local transportation tax the city has been saving up for the last several years. 

The project is set to start sometime later in the fall and will be complete by summer 2017.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - Fulton Police are investigating a body found. Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers believes the body could belong to... More >>
8 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 9:19:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators have confirmed a former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner to be the state's next revenue director. ... More >>
8 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 8:44:56 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School teachers could see a significant increase in salary for the coming school year. The... More >>
10 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri senator says he's moving out of a room he rents from a lobbyist following... More >>
10 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 7:17:23 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions. The... More >>
10 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 7:13:00 PM CDT in News
MID-MISSOURI - There were 36 reported cases of salmonella in Mid-Missouri Monday, with the majority of cases reported out of... More >>
10 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 7:04:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works is requesting community members complete a survey on new markings for cyclists at intersections in... More >>
11 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 6:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Wind, water and solar power are all elements that usually come to mind when the words 'renewable energy'... More >>
11 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 6:02:00 PM CDT in News
COOPER COUNTY, Mo. - Two people died during a plane crash on Highway 98 near Boonville around 1:40 p.m Monday.... More >>
12 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 5:03:00 PM CDT in News
ARGYLE - For years, the Rock Island rail line carried trains across Missouri, straight through towns like Eldon, Freeburg and... More >>
13 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 3:50:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A teenager who was shot by a Kansas City store clerk who thought the boy was... More >>
14 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT in News
BOONVILLE- What began as a joke between two friends inspired an event that raised money and awareness for a... More >>
14 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 2:49:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a couple in their 80s. ... More >>
15 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 2:35:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a 51-year-old St. Louis-area woman died while she was sleeping when she was struck... More >>
15 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 2:29:00 PM CDT in News
EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — A Mexican wolf born this month at a wildlife center in suburban St. Louis is offering... More >>
15 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 2:17:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Community Services Department recently released its 2016 Annual Report and Program Directory, which highlights where... More >>
16 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 1:34:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump's proposed spending plan for 2018 significantly reduces funding for a range of executive departments, from... More >>
17 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 12:13:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Two men are on the run after assaulting a man in his home and stealing cash and other... More >>
18 hours ago April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 Monday, April 24 2017 Monday, April 24, 2017 11:23:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
6am 55°
7am 56°
8am 60°
9am 63°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
King of the Hill
6:30a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Great News
8:30p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
iZombie
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld