CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- The Cambridge Area Regional Airport Authority earlier this month gave the go-ahead to apply for funds to begin a project that would re-pave the runway and could bring the airport one step closer to a runway extension.
The State Office of Aviation recently conducted a routine pavement inspection at the airport, and found that both of the facilities' main runways need to be replaced. Delta Airport Project Engineer Steve Potoczak reported that despite good maintenance, the Cambridge Airport's pavement rating is one of the lowest in the state. This report moves the project to a higher priority for FAA funds.
The project will include grooving the runway, which will aid in both take-off and stopping aircraft. Total cost, which only includes planning for a new pavement overlay and the replacement of a pair of obstruction lights (two large lights that mark a pair of high hills near the airstrip) is just over $224,000. Projected Federal dollars are nearly $202,000. The local match, of 10%, is around $22,400.
This project may be considered as Phase I towards a runway extension. Airport Manager Terry Losego says with approval, the project, which will increase runway length from 4300 feet to 4800 feet, could become a reality in late 2015 or early 2016.