DES MOINES, Iowa — The main runway for the Des Moines International Airport got the green light Tuesday morning for a face-lift.
The Des Moines Airport Authority approved a grant for the project from the Federal Aviation Administration at their board meeting.
The grant will cover 90 percent of the rehabilitation project for runway 13/31. The projected cost, as of now, is nearly $900,000.
A portion of the runway collapsed last month and created a 25-foot hole due to a ruptured storm sewer originally built in the 1940s.
The project will span three phases over the next three years, ending in 2017.
Construction during each phase will start and finish over each summer, so the runway will be in use during winter months.
Officials say the re-design will allow the runway to last the next 40 years.
“This is our primary runway, and of course without the runways we aren’t an airport. That is the most vital part of the airport,” airport executive director Kevin Foley said.
Last year, the airport says it saw just over two million people travel through its facility. They say that number is expected to grow in the future.