On Wednesday, April 14, the Washington County Commissioners will break ground on a $60.2 million project to extend a runway at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.
This is a project that should be built.
Without this construction, which would lengthen Runway 09-27 from 5,461 to 7,000 feet, commercial air traffic will eventually become impossible. That's because the Federal Aviation Administration will soon enforce a mandate to place a 1,000-foot-long safety area at the end of each runway.
Thousands who use the airport annually for flights to Pittsburgh and elsewhere would have to find other ways to travel, giving Washington County one fewer amenity to use to attract new companies - and to keep those that are already here.
This is also the airport that the White House sometimes uses to help the president get to Camp David. Should the president have to use a facility not up to federal standards?