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Airport gains new runway / September 11, 2019

The Lake Country Regional Airport in Clarksville has a new runway and is open for business.

Air traffic can once again land and take off, and the planes that use the facility as their home base have been returned to the airport. Ahead of the runway upgrades, Airport Commission Chair and Manager Mike Denton had all planes stored in Clarksville relocated to nearby airports.

Denton said the airport reopened on Monday, Sept. 3, more than six weeks ahead of schedule. It closed at the end of July so Lanco Paving of South Boston could shorten the existing runway by 500 feet, mill existing asphalt and overlay the runway with new asphalt.

Denton said the job was expected to take 60 to 90 days, but work was completed in 40 days instead. It had been more than 20 years since the runway at the airport in Clarksville was repaved.

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

Funds from the $1.4 million project came from the State of Virginia and the three localities served by the airport: Clarksville, Boydton and Mecklenburg County. Denton said 80 percent of the funding came from the state and the balance from the localities.

This marks the completion of Phases I and II of a multi-year project to upgrade and improve safety at Clarksville’s regional airport. Previously, trees were removed from the west side of the runway and new fencing was installed at the site for safety reasons.

A weather station 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, which will involve widening portions of the existing runway for added safety purposes.

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