DUBOIS COUNTY - Ohio-based architecture and engineering firm Woolpert has been contracted by the Dubois County Airport Authority to provide engineering, design and construction services for a $12 million runway extension at the Huntingburg Regional Airport. The project is being funded by federal, state and local grants.

An initiative for the extension of the airport’s lone runway has been in the works for nearly ten years. Officials say construction will be phased over the next two years to minimize disruption to the airport and its users. Short-term airport closures may occur, but plans call for the bulk of the work to be performed while the runway is operational.

Woolpert Project Manager Curtis Brown said the project will reconstruct approximately 700 feet of Huntingburg’s runway and extending it an additional 500 feet. Its parallel taxiway also will be extended by 500 feet.

“We will be lowering County Road 200 West and creating a tunnel at the end of the runway, relocating the public and private utilities along that road and doing around 270,000 cubic yards worth of dirt work to create embankments of up to 30 feet,” Brown said. “We also will conduct multiple safety improvements and upgrades, installing all new LED runway lights and additional navigational aids. As part of the second phase, the runway also will be widened from 75 to 100 feet.”

Construction is slated to begin this month.