Construction of New Runway at McKellar-Sipes Underway
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- After three years of planning work is finally underway on an update for the crosswind runway at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport in West Madison County.
Crews are beginning their third week of work on the $1.7-million project. The original runway, which was built during World War II was in need of constant repair.
Thanks to a TDOT grant, which covers 90-percent of the cost, the airport authority could demolish it and replace it.
"To have an extra runway, especially a cross wind runway for our smaller aircraft, it's a big plus for us, it'll mean more business in the long run," said Steve Smith, executive director of of the Jackson-Madison County Airport Authority.
The city of Jackson and Madison County are each paying five percent of the costs.
The airport authority expects the crosswind runway to be complete the first part of August.