Clarion airport to get upgrades

Federal grant to cover most of cost

CLARION — The runway at Clarion Municipal Airport will be getting some needed repairs, and a federal grant will pay most of the cost.

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Clarion a $517,000 grant for the project. The city is providing a 10% match of about $51,000.

”That makes it very inexpensive for the taxpayers,” said Mayor Duane Asbe. ”It will give us a big boost.”

The project includes repairs to the 3,455-foot-long runway. It also includes widening the taxiway, which is the concrete path that links the runway to the terminal and hangars.

Wicks Construction Inc., of Decorah, has been hired by the City Council to do the work.

City Administrator Jordan Cook said the work is expected to start in late August. Once it begins, the airport will be closed for 30 days, he said.

According to Cook, an advisory called a Notice to Airmen will be issued to let pilots know the airport will be closed.

Clarion Municipal Airport is a general aviation facility that is not served by airlines.