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Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport Wins Award For Airport Runway
Updated March 21, 2016 7:30 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport has won the Indiana Chapter ACPA 2016 Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award for renovation of Runway 13-31 in the "Overlays (Airports)" category.

The 4,500-foot runway was last repaired in 1973. Because of the rough runway, the airport and county has lost business.

Rehabilitating the runway with concrete (which has a longer lifespan) cost about $3.1 million. That price included not only rehabbing the runway but installing new lights and grooving the surface for safety.

An FAA grant covered 90 percent of the cost and money from the Indiana Department of Transportation paid for 5 percent. The airport paid for $120,000 from their runway improvement fund. The county paid the remaining $80,000 needed for the project.

The designing engineers were Woolpert Associates of Indianapolis.

Grissom airport board members are: Jeff Lytton, Pres., Sam Bond, Secy, Patrick Robbins, and Dean Spencer. Airport manager is Ray Sexton.

Board members will be attending an award meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at the Indianapolis Marriott North where they will be recognized and receive a plaque.

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