Sedalia Regional Airport Runway Poses Safety Problems

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SEDALIA - The Sedalia City Council unanimously voted this week to allocate $3.2 million for runway repairs at the Sedalia Regional Airport.

The runway is forty-two years old and the airport director said it poses safety issues to the planes and pilots because little pebbles can get stuck in the engines.

Sedalia City Administrator Gary Edwards said the money is already in the budget so taxpayers will not see an increased tax burden.

Replacement of the 5,500 foot runway is set to start on April 1, but Sedalia Regional Airport Director John Evans said the project may not start until May or June.

The runway will be closed for three to five months. Evans said they plan to add lights to the shorter, secondary runway so smaller airplanes can still land at night during repairs of the primary runway.

The closing means "the big jets coming in here will have to go to Columbia or Kansas city," said Evans.

Construction company, Ideker will be doing the construction. The company has worked on runways at Kansas City's MCI airport and several other airports.