LANSING | Village officials are preparing for improvements to be made later this year at the Lansing Municipal Airport they say will set the stage for a long-desired expansion of the airport’s runways.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma said officials are working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to improve the quality of pavement on the airport’s runways, along with the replacement of storm sewers on the airport property.
The state Transportation Department is in charge of the project, and will be seeking bids from prospective contractors come May. Work could begin this summer.
Wynsma said state officials estimate the Lansing Airport project, which is part of a large-scale set of airport improvements across the state, will cost about $640,000.
He said improving the runway pavement is important if the proposed runway expansion is to ever become reality. State officials have informed him the current quality of the pavement falls short of standards for an airport runway.
If the proposed runway expansion is to move forward, Wynsma said local officials have until fall 2015 to make the improvements.
The project, as proposed in recent years, calls for expanding the north/south runway at the airport from 4,000 feet to 5,900 feet.
In a separate airport-related measure, Wynsma said village officials are trying to interpret state Transportation Department studies to determine the economic benefits of the Lansing Municipal Airport.
State officials say the Lansing airport creates about $20 million per year in economic benefits to area communities, but Wynsma said officials are not sure how much of that benefit is to Lansing proper.
“We’d like to know how much of that is captured by the village,” he said.