Runway expansion to benefit Marshall County economically

By WEEK Producer

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM CDT

LACON, Ill. -- A new runway project is expected to increase safety and service at the Marshall County Airport, according to transportation officials.

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said a $1.6 million federal grant will be used for the project.

Construction crews will remove a hill and extend the runway from 3,200 to 4,100 feet.

Marshall County leaders said the extension will have a positive impact on the economy.

"It'll bring in more jobs because we have a couple of companies now who are interested in basing aircraft here who can't land now," said Charlie Allen, President of the Marshall County Airport Board, "because 4,000 feet is the magic number for insurance purposes for business and corporate aircraft to us an airport."

The airport is home to 48-based planes and 12 employees

The new runway is scheduled to be completed in two years.

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