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Runway a smooth landing in Wadsworth

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    Wadsworth Mayor Robin L. Laubaugh, center, cuts a ribbon during a ceremony Saturday morning as two RV-6 aircrafts fly to the right of the repaved runway at the Wadsworth Airport. From left, Bryon Palitto, airport operation services; Mike Benroth, engineer consultant; Jim Bozigar, Wadsworth civil engineer; Laubaugh; Dave Williams, Wadsworth at-large councilman; Jason Lorenzon, airport operation services; and Nick Belluardo, airport operation services.


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    Gary Baker, left, and Paul Lutz, right, were the pilots of the two RV-6 planes that flew beside the runway during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Baker is the president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 846 and Lutz serves as a board member. The chapter is based at the Wadsworth Skypark Airport, located at 3071 Greenwich Road.


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    Matthew Conder, left, joins his father Steve Conder, right, in front of his Cessna Skylane 182 at the Wadsworth Municipal Airport, 840 Airport Drive, Saturday morning.



No more bumpy landings and take-offs. The main runway at Wadsworth Municipal Airport now offers a smooth ride.

About 40 people from Wadsworth, plus airport management and local pilots gathered Saturday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the resurfacing of the main runway at the airport, 840 Airport Drive.

The 3,800-foot runway called “2-20” received $866,640 worth of work for:

  • new under drains
  • pavement repairs
  • milling the existing surface
  • placing two courses of asphalt.

Airport management said the pavement had multiple cracks that caused a bumpy ride and faded painted lines were making visibility difficult for incoming planes.

“This runway absolutely looks gorgeous from the air,” said Jason Lorenzo, member of airport operation services. “It’s certainly going to improve aircraft movements at the airport.”

As part of the ceremony, Gary Baker and Paul Lutz from Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 846, based in Wadsworth, each flew an RV-6 plane beside the runway as city officials cut the ribbon.

Steve Conder, of Montville Township, is a frequent flier at Wadsworth Municipal Airport, which serves as the base for his Cessna Skylane 182.

Conder, who has been flying for 15 years, said the improvements have a great impact on the flight experience.

“It’s a smoother take-off and landing and it’s easier to see the markings,” he said.

Robert Patrick, Wadsworth’s director of public service, said in a statement the runway last was resurfaced in the late 1980s or early 1990s. He indicated it was “due for repairs.”

Shelly Construction, which has Medina operation and a Northeast Ohio division office in Twinsburg, was awarded the resurfacing contract.

Patrick’s statement added that the city received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that paid for 90 percent of the project. An Ohio Department of Transportation aviation program covered 5 percent, leaving the city to contribute the remaining 5 percent.

Owned by the city, the Wadsworth Municipal Airport is a public-access airport located a few miles southwest of downtown. The airport boasts two asphalt runways enabling a wide range of aircraft to operate in and out of Wadsworth.

“This is a great community asset for us,” Mayor Robin Laubaugh said Saturday. “It’s a wonderful benefit not only to our citizens and our businesses community, but it also brings others from other communities here.”

The airport is managed by Wadsworth Flight Services, a division of Premier Flight Management.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or

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