The Porter County Council has approved $317,000 toward a major rebuilding of the Porter County Regional Airport’s main runway. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report 90 percent of the funds for the $11.3 million project will come from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The county funds are from interest earned by the sale of the county hospital in 2007. The remaining portion of the work will be paid by Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and state sources.
The publication reports the east-west runway was built in the mid-1960s and has undergone two renovations. Airport Director Kyle Kuebler says the 7,000-foot-long, 150-foot-wide runway is larger than any at Chicago Midway International Airport.
The Porter County Board of Commissioners still must give the project final approval. Crews wrapped up the initial phase of the project last summer and the last phase is set to start this spring. It is expected to close the main runway for 70 days.