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Mercer County Airport to See Improvements


Mercer County Airport plans to begin construction this summer on a taxiway realignment.

Airport manager Clinton Ransom tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that a portion of the taxiway will be removed so that a new taxiway intersection can be placed on runway 5. A similar realignment was done in 2014 for runway 2-3.

Ranson says the Federal Aviation Administration will fund 90 percent of the project. The remainder will be paid by the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission.

The project is part of a three-part improvement plan. Next year, fencing will be placed around the airport.

Ransom says the airport plans to begin construction on a runway rehabilitation project in late 2017 or early 2018.

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