Runway Construction to Begin at Des Moines Airport

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The Des Moines International Airport says it's going to do a full reconstruction of its primary runway.

The project is going to cost $14.8 million, and most of that money is expected to come from a Federal Aviation Administration program funded by aviation user fees. Officials say some of the pavement is original and up to 60 years old. They say the runway is swelling in some parts, and crumbling in others.

The project is expected to begin in May, and though the airport normally has two runways in full use,  Des Moines Airport Executive Director Kevin Foley says it shouldn't impact travelers significantly.

"For the summer we will be down to one runway," he said. "It should not impact users extensively, weather patterns tend to pick one runway or another, so it shouldn't impact operations here."

The project won't be complete until 2017.