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Runway renovations half done

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Renovations on the main runway at the Fort Frances Municipal Airport are well underway as phase two of the project began over the Labour Day weekend.

“As a matter of fact, we finished phase one on Friday,” Bruce Spottiswood, the town’s superintendent facilities for Public Works, noted Tuesday.

Towland-Hewitson Constru-ction Ltd. of Kenora is working to complete the roughly $1.2-million project by Sept. 11, along with consultants Pryde Shropp McComb Inc.

The project has been on time since it started Aug. 13. “The project’s going extremely well and the weather’s been a godsend,” said Spottiswood.

Asphalt on the airport’s main runway (12-30) is being torn up and replaced in two phases to reduce the impact on airport traffic. Phase one finished at 8 p.m. on Friday, with phase two beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

The new surface will be 40 mm thick and feature characteristics to prevent cracking and shifting caused by cold weather. “Wherever there was problems from frost or cracking, we’re putting copper frost tape,” said Spottiswood.

The renovations are 100 percent funded through the federal Ministry of Transportation’s Airport Capital Assistance Program as the landing area had been deteriorating with cracks and rough patches.

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