Conway officials break ground on new $25 million airport with longer runway

Conway officials break ground on new $25 million airport with longer runway

  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • First Posted: April 22, 2011 – 5:35 pm
    Last Updated: April 22, 2011 – 5:36 pm

CONWAY, Ark. — A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a $25 million airport in Conway that will include a longer runway to alleviate safety concerns.

The airport will be located in the southwest corner of Conway and will replace the city’s existing airport in the center of town.
City officials say the short runway and lack of a safety overrun area at the existing airport has contributed to two fatal crashes since 1990. The new airport will have a 5,500-foot-runway. That’s 2,000 feet more than the current airport.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell says it’s taken “more than 30 years of resolve” to relocate the airport.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin attended Friday’s ceremony and says the new airport will add efficiency and convenience for people and goods traveling through Arkansas.

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