by Mickey Smith
Federal Aviation Administration grant money has been received by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and about a quarter of the money is ear-marked for the Morrisville-Stowe Airport.
The airport, located on Route 100S in Morristown, was awarded $242,932 to fund the design and permitting phase of a runway rehabilitation project.
David Whitcomb, who operates the Morristown-Stowe Airport, said the plan is to reconstruct the current runway right down to rebuilding the bed. He said this plan does not include an extension to the runway, which was discussed several years ago. He said the work would include cutting down some trees that are starting to encroach onto the approach path on the south-end of the runway.
“These grants from the FAA allow us to deal with immediate and future operational and safety needs, while helping us on our path to enhancing passenger service amenities,” said VTrans Aviation Program Administrator, Guy Rouelle. “As our network of State airports continues to improve, the region will continue to see economic benefits.”