Miami Municipal Airport Runway Improvements

Published 07/22 2014 06:04PM

Updated 07/22 2014 06:53PM

MIAMI, OK.--- The Miami Municipal Airport is rejuvenating its run way and taxi way.

"It'll make it a whole lot nicer for, especially, the light jets and aircraft, like that we get in here," said Paul Dolph Miami Municipal Airport Manager.

The current runway is approximately 100 feet wide and just less than a mile long. So it's getting some improvements after many years of water damage and road deterioration.

"The city, along with the FAA and Oklahoma Aeronautic Commission, is doing this project to seal the cracks, fix the cracks and do a new overlay over that pavement. Again preserving it, making it smoother, making it last longer," said Chuck Childs, Engineer for the City of Miami.

The airport has been closed for the past month, slowing down business. Planes that normally fly into Miami are being directed to the Grove and Joplin airports. 

"It is very important for the community to have this regional airport and to utilize this assets, and to continue to improve it," said Childs. 

Miami's airport averages around three to four planes flying in and out daily, and even up to 10 on busier days. Private airplanes often fly in for various local businesses in the area. Executives, and even some celebrities utilize the airport frequently.

"Just one of those things, you know, we've had to turn traffic away. I get calls everyday wanting to know when it's going to be done," said Dolph. 

The the Miami airport won't be closed for much longer. Construction is expected to be completed in two weeks. 

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