With the resurfacing of the main runway at Wadsworth Municipal Airport completed, the city and airport management officials announced a ribbon-cutting event at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The work that began Oct. 15 included:
- Installing new drains
- Pavement repairs
- Milling the existing surface
- Placing asphalt
Shelly Construction, which has Medina operations and a Northeast Ohio division office in Twinsburg, was awarded the contract for the resurfacing of the 3,800-foot runway called “2-20” at a cost of $866,640.
“A grant from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) paid for 90 percent of the project, with ODOT's (Ohio Department of Transportation) aviation program covering another 5 percent. That left the city paying only 5 percent of the project costs,” said Wadsworth Director of Public Service Robert Patrick in a statement.
Patrick noted that the runway was last resurfaced in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
"We were grateful to have received the two grants, particularly as we are seeing increased community activity at the airport,” he said. “The strong attendance at this year’s Props & Pistons Festival (held in early September) is just one example of that."
The airport has two asphalt runways that enable usage by a range of aircraft.