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Airport closed 60-90 days for runway renovations / July 24, 2019

The Lake Country Regional Airport in Clarksville closed Monday for 60 to 90 days as work to improve the runway gets under way, part of a multi-year Runway Rehabilitation project.

The work, by Lanco Paving of South Boston, is expected to take 60 days to complete, but weather conditions could extend that to 90 days. It’s been more than 20 years since the runway at the airport on Highway 15-S has been repaved, according to Airport Commission chairman and manager Mike Denton.

The $1.4 million project involves shortening the existing runway by 500 feet, milling existing asphalt and overlaying the runway with new asphalt.

Denton said no planes will be allowed to take off or land while paving work is ongoing. He is looking into whether med-flight and Virginia State Police helicopters can continue to set down on the grassy strip directly behind the airport terminal during the closure.

Ahead of the project, Denton said planes currently stored in Clarksville were relocated to nearby airports. Once the repaving is finished, the planes will be returned to Clarksville.

Despite the runway being shortened, Denton said the airport will still be able to accommodate the same size and type of planes that have used the facility.

Denton was successful in obtaining 80 percent of the funding for the project, $1,118,400, from the State of Virginia. The balance, $279,600, was paid by the three localities served by the airport.

This is Phase I and II of a series of projects to upgrade and improve safety at Clarksville’s regional airport. In the past few years, trees were removed from the west side of the runway and new fencing was installed. A weather station that was added just over three years ago offers pilots site-specific weather readings.

Within the next year, Denton said he expects to begin Phases III and IV of the Runway Rehabilitation project, widening portions of the existing runway for safety purposes.

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