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Plans To Fix Sinkhole At Bloomington Airport
Updated May 5, 2013 1:04 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Officials are working on plans for long-term repairs to a sinkhole underneath the main runway at the Monroe County Airport.

Airport manager Bruce Payton says the sinkhole isn't posing imminent danger to the airport's 6,500-foot-long runway, but that repairs can't wait much longer.

Payton says the county aviation board is seeking a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to cover 95% of the project's estimated $5.6 million cost.

Payton says the proposal calls for removing soil down to the bedrock and then building a stone base that could be 15 feet deep in places.

The timing of the repair work at the airport a few miles west of Bloomington depends on FAA approval.

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