WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa airport has begun construction on a $3.1 million project to rebuild a taxiway, repair the main runway and install new lights.

Work began on the Waterloo Regional Airport project on Sept. 18, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported .

The two-year project is the facility’s largest project in more than a decade.

“We haven’t done a project this size probably since the terminal renovation,” said Airport Director Keith Kaspari. The 2004 renovation cost $5.3 million.

The airport has spent years saving funds from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program in order to have enough money for the project. The airport receives $1 million from the grant annually.

“We took 2016, 2017 and part of 2015’s carryover dollars and still had to use some of 2018’s dollars to make this go,” Kaspari said.

The grant money covers 90 percent of the project’s cost. The rest will be paid for by airport users through facility charges.

Croell Inc., of New Hampton, and Aspro Inc., of Waterloo, have been contracted to work on the project. Croell will replace the asphalt taxiway with concrete and add new lighting. Aspro will repair the main runway and provide updated painting, airfield markings and signs.

At least one main runway will remain open throughout construction, officials said.

“This will have no impact to any honor flights and on impact on (University of Northern Iowa) athletics flights for their team or those that they play,” Kaspari said. “That was important. We didn’t want to impede any UNI traffic.”


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com