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W.Va. regional airport runway to be temporarily shortened

July 08, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport's only runway will be reduced in length next week because of ongoing work at the airfield to accommodate the C-5 Galaxy military aircraft, airport Manager Bill Walkup announced Friday.

Beginning Thursday, Runway 8/26 will be reduced from its current 7,015 feet to 3,100 feet, with a 400-foot buffer zone, Walkup said. The instrument landing system at the airport also will be out of service until further notice.

The rehabilitation and extension project will widen the runway from 150 to 200 feet and lengthen it to 8,815 feet.

The temporary reduction is expected to limit the size and type of aircraft that will be able land at the airport. The work is expected to be completed by fall 2007.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better," Walkup said.

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