Airport improvement project scheduled for spring

TRENTON — A project to make safety improvements to a runway at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport is slated to start in the spring.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to put in a partial parallel taxiway at end of runway 35, said Airport Manager Brad Madeira. The existing taxiway will be realigned.

“It’s a safety-related project,” Madeira said.

The current design encourages pilots to use the runway as a taxiway, Madeira said.

The project is estimated to cost $1.7 million to $1.8 million. The airport’s share of the cost will be 5 percent.

Madeira noted that no taxpayer funds are ever used for airport operations or capital improvement projects.

“We don’t rely on any taxation,” Madeira said. “We generate all our own funds here.”

In related business, construction on the terminal expansion resumed Feb. 3.

A bit of clarification is needed on a previous airport story. In the Dec. 12, 2013 issue, an article stated general contractor Nickerson O’Day had to stop work temporarily because it was unable to get steel.

However, there were extenuating circumstances that led to that delay that that did not involve the contractor, Madeira said. One was a delay in getting funds from the FAA. The other was that the scope of the project changed after County Commissioners learned what the original design would cost, Madeira said.

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