The runway at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport will be getting a little longer, thanks to $1.5 million in federal funding for a 500-foot extension.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation said in a statement Tuesday that the extension could allow for larger planes and more passesngers and have a “significant impact” on the airport’s usage.
The project will pave over 250 feet of grass at each end of the existing runway, adding 500 feet for departures.
The total project cost is estimated at $1,662,213, which includes $1,495,992 in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program funds and $166,221 in state funds.
Vermont’s congressional delegation advocated for the funding, and in a joint statement, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch, said:
“This funding will enable Vermont to improve safety at one of our busiest airports used by local pilots as well as visitors from out of state. Safe airports with active private and commercial use are a vital part of Vermont’s transportation infrastructure. We will continue to advocate in Washington for federal investment in Vermont’s aviation system.”
Gov. Phil Scott said the runway extension will have “a direct effect on economic development opportunities” in the state.
“The Morrisville-Stowe Airport is a vital part of the state aviation system, and I appreciate our Congressional delegation’s commitment to improving and strengthening our airports and related infrastructure,” Scott said.